Sister, daughter, talk of slain woman in freezer case

YOUNGSTOWN — Debbie DePaul says she knew there was something wrong with her sister’s boyfriend when they celebrated her last birthday in November.

Yet, she said she could never fathom her sister being killed and stuffed in a freezer.

DePaul and her father, Ron, were on hand today as the man charged in the death of Shannon Elizabeth Graves had a pretrial hearing in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Attorneys for Arturo Novoa, 31, of Mahoning County, asked Judge Lou D’Apolito for jail calls his client made in November and December, and also calls a woman who had been charged with the death of Graves, Katrina Layton, 34, also of Mahoning Avenue, made during the same time. Judge D’Apolioto approved their request.

Novoa faces a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Graves, who was found in July in a freezer at the Campbell home of a friend of Novoa.

For the complete story, read Friday's Vindicator and

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