Couple pleads not guilty to killing Youngstown woman, hiding body

Arturo Novoa and Katrina Layton are charged with aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse

Arturo Novoa and Katrina Layton pleaded not guilty to all three of their charges in a Mahoning County courtroom.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two people accused of the murder of a woman whose body was found in a freezer were in court on Tuesday.

Arturo Novoa and Katrina Layton pleaded not guilty to all three of their charges in a Mahoning County courtroom.

Novoa and Layton are charged with aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. They were arrested after police discovered the body of Shannon Graves inside a freezer in a Campbell home in July.

The two have been in Mahoning County Jail ever since.

Graves’ family reported Graves missing in February.

Graves is the ex-girlfriend of Novoa. The two lived in a Youngstown apartment where prosecutors say Layton assumed Graves’ life after she died.

The $1 million bond set for each in July will continue.

A vigil is planned this week in memory of Shannon Graves.

The event is called Justice for Shannon.

Friends, family and supporters will gather at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 6 at Austintown Township Park.

Arturo Novoa and Katrina Layton pleaded not guilty to all three of their charges in a Mahoning County courtroom.
Katrina Layton

 

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