Bond set at $1 million for Franklin Township murder suspect

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Murder suspect John R. Fox was ordered held on $1 million bond at his arraignment in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna on Tuesday.

Fox, 34, of Franklin Township, appeared in front of Judge Kevin Poland via video from the Portage County jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Friday in Judge Mark Fankhauser's courtroom.

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Fox is charged with murder, an unclassified felony, in the death of Justin T. Earley, 22, of Alliance. Earley was reported missing just after New Years by friends who were concerned after he did not return from a trip to Kent.

According to the Portage County Sheriff's Office, his body was found in a closet at Fox's apartment in the Storer Suites complex at 1783 E. Main St. on Friday. Fox was arrested later that day in Ravenna Township.

Read Wednesday's Record-Courier for more on this story.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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