Miami County prosecutors have filed a motion asking a judge to allow the jury selected to hear evidence in the 2014 murder of Joseph Graley III to visit the property around his Scarff Road, Bethel Township, house.
Frank Bowen, 25, a former Tipp City area resident, is charged with murder in the death of Graley, 31, whose body was found Oct. 23, 2014, beneath a brush pile behind his home. Investigators said Graley died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
A jury that heard evidence on charges against Bowen this summer was unable to reach verdicts on murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse charges.
Bowen was found guilty of felony safecracking involving a safe in the bedroom of Graley’s home, where Bowen lived briefly with Graley before he disappeared in early October 2014. Bowen has not been sentenced on that charge and remains in the county jail.
The new trial is scheduled for next week in county Common Pleas Court. Prosecutor Tony Kendell states in the jury view motion that the visit to the property is needed to give the jury an understanding of the property’s layout.