Atha-Arnett also is accused of killing 26-year-old Leonid “Lonya” Clark in January 2019. Mushroom hunters in Glen Helen discovered Clark’s body near the Little Miami River in April 2019. A jury trial in the case was scheduled for February, but was canceled. No date is currently set for a trial. A hearing is set for April 27.
Mushroom hunters at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in 2019 discovered the body of Leonid "Lonya" Clark, 26, of Yellow Springs. Zyrian Atha-Arnett is charged in Clark's death. Clark's father said the men were friends but had an on-again, off-again relationship. CONTRIBUTED
In that case, Atha-Arnett faces two charges of murder, each an unclassified felony, and one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. If he is convicted of the murder charge, he would face 15 years to life in prison.
Clark’s father, Eric Clark, said his adopted son and Atha-Arnett were longtime friends but had an on-again, off-again relationship, where they, “were best friends one week and wouldn’t speak to each other the next.”
Lonya Clark died of multiple stab wounds to the head and neck areas. Defensive wounds were apparent on the victim’s hands and arms. Clark’s body had been submerged for a prolonged period before the body was found, according to preliminary findings from the autopsy.
Clark was well known in Yellow Springs, where he frequently stayed with friends.