Thursday, March 01, 2001

Columbus man guilty of raping, killing OSU student

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A man was convicted Wednesday but avoided the death penalty in the kidnapping, rape and slaying of an Ohio State University student.

        A jury convicted Shannon Haynes, 31, of Columbus of two counts of murder and one count each of voluntary manslaughter, rape and kidnapping in the death of Kara Parrish, 20, a sophomore from suburban Westerville.

        Mr. Haynes had been charged with three counts of aggravated murder, which carries a possible death sentence. Because he was convicted of lesser charges, the maximum Mr. Haynes could get is life in prison.

        Ms. Parrish's body was found in her car a few blocks from Mr. Haynes' apartment on May 20. Prosecutors said she'd been tied up with an extension cord, raped and strangled.

        Defense attorneys argued Ms. Parrish died while having consensual “rough sex.”

        Mr. Haynes, who is married, is to be sentenced Monday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.


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