Grand jury indicts Roxanne Buck in Michelle Johnson murder

By Jeff Saunders | STOW SENTRY Published:

A Summit County grand jury indicted Bryn Mawr Drive resident Roxanne Lee Buck on charges connected to the murder of 21-year-old Michelle Johnson of Stow.

Buck, 44, pleaded not guilty to the charges of special felony murder and third-degree felony tampering with evidence at her Wednesday arraignment and is being held in Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Her attorney, Scott Rilley, declined to comment.

At the time of the murder, Buck rented a room in the Maplepark Road home shared by Johnson and her mother. A Stow police officer discovered Johnson's body in a shed behind the home March 15 after Johnson's mother, who was in West Virginia at the time, called police and asked them to check on her daughter .

Buck was arrested March 20 at the Bryn Mawr home where she was staying after the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined that blood DNA evidence on some books in Buck's vehicle could be traced to Johnson, said police. Police also said there was blood in the house, and blood in Johnson's basement room indicated that was where the murder took place.

"Every murder is horrific and senseless, and this case is no exception," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh in an April 4 written statement. "My heart goes out to Michelle's mother, her family and friends, and an entire community that is wondering why this woman was brutally taken from them."

Buck is scheduled for an April 23 pretrial hearing at 1 p.m. before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Rowlands.

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