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Burris pleads not guilty in pizza delivery slaying

Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 01:07 PM EST

GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio – Adam C. Burris, who is accused in a December 2013 slaying of a pizza delivery driver, appeared in a common pleas court on Friday morning after being indicted by a grand jury last month.

Burris appeared before David Ellwood at 10 a.m. in the capital murder case and pleaded not guilty to the six-count indictment returned against him by a Guernsey County grand jury.

Those charges are: Two counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications and single counts of kidnapping, attempted rape, aggravated robbery, and grand theft.

It was a post-holiday homicide investigation that left many lingering questions.

“(It was a) 26-year-old victim providing for her family delivering pizzas,” Sheriff Mike McCauley of the Guernsey County Police Department said. “(It happened in) broad daylight.”

McCauley says Thompson, working for Plus 1 Pizza in Cambridge, delivered an order to Burris’ home on McPherson Drive on Dec. 26.  

But police say Kayla Thompson never left the house of her own free will.

A Missing Persons Alert was made public, and Burris’ cellphone was pinged for a location.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Cambridge post stopped Burris’ vehicle on I-70 eastbound and he was taken into custody.

Burris allegedly told investigators he dumped Thompson’s body at Dillon State Park near Zanesville. That’s where McCauley says her body was later recovered.

“I’ve never proposed to understand the mind of a human being who would take another life,” McCauley said. “We’ll leave it at that.”

Bond was continued by Judge Ellwood at $1 million with no 10 percent allowed. Earlier this year, Ellwood issued a gag order, which involves all court personnel, prosecutors, defense and all law enforcement officers in this case.

Burris pleads not guilty in pizza delivery slaying

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