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COSHOCTON -- Seven people have been charged in connection to the slaying of 26-year-old Coshocton man Michael L. Hamm.
Jordan L. Green, 31, of Newcomerstown is charged with aggravated murder, an unclassified felony; abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony; and five counts of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Green faces life in prison if convicted.
The indictments were handed down by a Coshocton County grand jury and filed with the Clerk of Courts office Friday.
Green possessed a firearm during the killing of Hamm, according to his indictment. The tampering of evidence charges allege Green attempted to cleanse the crime scene with flammable liquid and fire. He's also accused of his role in the disposal of a blue 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck, a handgun, clothing and boots and chainsaws.
On May 22, human remains were located and recovered in the Wills Creek area of Linton Township. The following day, Dr. Robert Gwinn with the Coshocton County Coroner's Office ruled that the remains were those of Hamm.
Michael T. Mencer, 25, of West Lafayette, is charged with obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, for providing Det. Seth Andrews with false information during the investigation of Hamm's disappearance and murder. He's also charged tampering with evidence relating to chainsaws.
The other suspects were indicted with similar charges.
Anthony L. Estvanko, 30, and Paul M. Wilcox III, 29, both of Coshocton, are each charged with tampering with evidence relating to a blue 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Richard L. Westhafer, 49, of West Lafayette, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence relating to chainsaws, and clothing and footwear.
Skiylar E. Johnson, 20, of Port Washington, is charged with tampering with evidence relating to chainsaws.
Aerial J. Westhafer, 24, of West Lafayette, is charged with tampering with evidence relating to clothing and footwear.
Green, Estvanko, Wilcox and A. Westhafer are currently housed in the Coshocton County Justice Center.
Arrangements for the suspects are scheduled for July 5 in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court.
According to Sheriff Tim Rogers, family and friends of Hamm reported him missing on May 16. That started an in-depth investigation into his whereabouts.
On May 19, a blue 2001 Ford Ranger belonging to Hamm was located in Linton Township in southern Coshocton County. On May 21 and into the early morning hours of May 22, Green, Estvanko and Wilcox were taken into custody.
At a preliminary hearing May 24 in Coshocton County Municipal Court, Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given said that Estvanko and Wilcox had been asked by Green to destroy Hamm's vehicle.
"Mr. Estvanko and Mr. Wilcox on or about May 15, 2017, with keys given to them by Mr. Green, drove the victim's vehicle out to a remote portion of Linton Township in Coshocton County, Ohio, and hid it in dense brush. They left it there," the prosecutor said.
Given said that both Estvanko and Wilcox have confessed to their part in the crime.
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