Monday, September 20, 2004

Tips lead to arrest in Columbus slayings

Man, 30, charged in triple homicide

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Police have charged a man and are questioning two others in the deaths of three people found bound and shot in the heads in a house near Ohio State University a year ago.

Vernon L. Spence, 30, of Columbus, was arrested Saturday night and charged with three counts of aggravated murder, said Sgt. Brent Mull, a Columbus police spokesman.

Mull said the arrest was prompted by tips and information left at the house where police in July 2003 found the bodies of Kayla Hurst, 21, Aaron Grexa, 23, and Eric Hlass, 23.

Mull would not elaborate on the tips or the information.

Investigators also were questioning two people being held on unrelated charges, Mull said. Their names have not been released.

Grexa, of Greensburg, Pa., and Hlass of Russellville, Ark., were roommates in the house where they were killed along with Grexa's girlfriend Hurst, an Ohio State University student from Granville, Ohio.

"It's a relief," Angie Grubb, Hlass' sister, said from her home in Conway, Ark. "But this is just the beginning of the end. It's not over until he's found guilty."

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