Suspects in freezer death case arraigned

YOUNGSTOWN — The suspects in the death and dismemberment of a woman whose body was found in a freezer were arraigned today in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Arturo Novoa, 32, pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated murder for the death of Shannon Graves, who prosecutors allege was murdered in February of last year and whose body was found last July in a freezer in Campbell.

Novoa also faces charges of tampering with evidence and engaging in a pattern of corrupt to cut up Graves body and hide it and also hide evidence of her death. His bond was set at $1 million.

Novoa had already been charged in Graves death but he was indicted Thursday on other charges along with the aggravated murder.

Also pleading not guilty in the case were Andrew Herrmann, 27, and his wife, Michelle Lee Ihlenfeld, 27, for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and other charges for hiding evidence of Graves death.

Their bond will be decided by the trial court. All three cases have been assigned to Judge Lou D'Apolito.

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