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RAVENNA Lisbon man faces charges in death



Published: Tue, August 27, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The victim died of multiple stab wounds, investigators determined.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

RAVENNA -- Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley says a Lisbon man knew the woman he's accused of killing for only a few hours.

James Handwork, 42, of East Maple Street, first met LaSonya Young, 35, at a bar in Alliance on Aug. 12, Sheriff Duane Kaley said Monday.

Witnesses say they saw the two leaving the business together. A short time later, Young was dead, investigators say.

Her body was found Aug. 13 by a fisherman in a parking lot along German Church Road in Deerfield Township. The lot is near Berlin Reservoir, Kaley said.

Investigators have determined that Young was killed about 2 a.m. Aug. 12, Kaley said.

Young, who lived in Stark County near Alliance, died from multiple stab wounds, Kaley said.

He wouldn't elaborate on the type of weapon used in the slaying. Nor would he say whether a weapon had been found by investigators.

Kaley was also mum regarding the motive for the slaying.

Handwork was arrested Thursday, more than a week after the slaying, in East Liverpool by Portage County deputies.

Suspect was on probation

Kaley said Handwork was on probation in Columbiana County stemming from a domestic violence case.

The sheriff also said Handwork had been released from an Ohio prison in June, where he had been locked up in connection with the theft of auto parts.

Kaley was uncertain where Handwork had served the time, or for how long he was incarcerated.

Handwork made an initial court appearance Friday in Ravenna Municipal Court on a murder charge. He is being held on $1 million bond while he awaits a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the same court.




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