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Three charged in murder, dismemberment of Youngstown woman appear in court

Arturo Novoa is charged with killing Shannon Graves, his ex-girlfriend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - The man accused of killing and dismembering a Youngstown woman last year remains jailed on a million-dollar bond after appearing in court Tuesday morning.

Arturo Novoa was actually in two courtrooms. First, he made his initial appearance after being indicted on new charges in Shannon Graves' murder. Then he had a hearing before Judge Lou D'Apolito, who will hear his trial next month.

The special prosecutor now handling the case told the judge he's been busy gathering evidence.

"The defendant's Facebook records, other persons' Facebook records, phone records from the jail and approximately 15 more we've done since mid-July," Atty. Dan Kasaris said.

Novoa is charged with killing Graves, his ex-girlfriend. Her remains were found in a freezer at a home in Campbell in July of 2017.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

The two other people now charged in connection with Graves' murder were also in court on Tuesday.

Both Andrew Herrmann and his wife, Michelle Ihlenfeld, are charged with helping Novoa get rid of the victim's body after her death, as well as stealing the victim's belongings and trying to intimidate others who knew about the crime from talking to police.

All three of the suspects are due back in court again this Friday.


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