OHIO Man pleads guilty to abusing corpse
Another man was convicted of the same charges.
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- A man pleaded guilty to his role in a shooting death and dismemberment of a 41-year-old man, after testifying for the prosecution against another defendant charged in the same case.
Anthony Ruffin, 44, of Cincinnati, was "trying to right a wrong," in pleading guilty Monday, said his lawyer, Damon Halverson.
Ruffin was charged with gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, and was the second of three men to be convicted in the death of Jeffrey Watson.
Police have accused Cardale Goens of fatally shooting Watson, of Hamilton, on Dec. 16 during an argument at Goens' apartment and then dismembering and burning the body with the assistance of Ruffin and Gary Benson.
Watson's body was found Dec. 31 in a muddy field. The body was identified weeks later through DNA tests.
Benson, 50, of Hamilton, was convicted of gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence Friday. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18.
During Benson's trial, Ruffin said he witnessed the shooting, then bought a tarp, rope and other items at Goens' request to assist in the disposal of the body. He also said he moved bags of body parts and dropped them from a bridge into the Great Miami River.
Ruffin will be sentenced Oct. 4, and could receive up to six years in prison.
Goens, 37, of Hamilton, is scheduled to go to trial in January on capital murder charges.