An Enon man accused of killing a Yellow Springs man whose body was found in the Glen Helen Nature Reserve pleaded not guilty to charges Thursday.
Zyrian Sky Atha-Arnett was charged with murder and felonious assault in the death of Leonid “Lonya” Clark.
Greene County Common Pleas Judge Buckwalter continued Atha-Arnett’s bond at $900,000.
He will be back in court Dec. 13 for a pre-trial hearing.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 27.
Atha-Arnett and Clark were friends who had a “hit/miss relationship,” according to Clark’s father, Eric Clark.
Leonid Clark went missing in mid January.
Multiple search teams combed through the Glen Helen Nature Reserve, a place Leonid Clark was known to visit, but did not find him.
Mushroom hunters discovered his body April 12 near the Little Miami River in the nature preserve.
Phone data and records gathered by Greene County Sheriff’s Office investigators showed that Atha-Arnett was near where Leonid Clark’s body was found on the same night he disappeared, according to court documents.
Atha-Arnett’s co-workers told investigators that he had multiple injuries, including scratches on his arms and chest, bruises around his neck and a cut on his hand that was “actively bleeding,” when he reported to work a few days after Leonid Clark’s disappearance, said a statement of facts.
Preliminary findings in Leonid Clark’s autopsy said he died from multiple stab wounds and had defensive injuries on his hands and arms.
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