WAYNESVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Tuesday saw graphic testimony from detectives investigating the murder of a Waynesville teen.
Timothy Mosley, 19, and Austin Myers, 19, appeared in court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing. Police say that the two admitted to creating an elaborate plan to kill 18-year-old Justin Back.
Mosley described to police the day before the crime. He tells authorities that both he and Myers visited Back's residence to case the scene. Police say the suspects then went to Lowe's and Dollar General to purchase supplies to carry out the crime.
The next day, the suspects went to the victim's home. Police say Back let them in.
Warren County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 5300 block of Corwin Road on January 28 after receiving reports of a burglary. Authorities arriving on the scene say it was clear that some sort of violence had taken place at the residence.
Further investigation revealed that Back had disappeared from the residence. Police say that the victim was choked, stabbed and shot during a robbery. Authorities say that Back's body was found later found in an undisclosed location in Preble County.
Following an investigation, Mosley and Myers were arrested. Officers say Mosley is from Dayton, Ohio and Myers was homeless.
"For all intents and purposes, it appears Justin Back was an innocent victim in this," says Sheriff Larry Sims. "There is some indication that this may have even been pre-planned to cause the death of Justin Back."
Back's closest friends remember the victim as a man with a bright future.
"He could always make you smile," says Josh Williams, a friend on Back's. "Don't ever take a day for granted, don't ever take anyone for granted. They might not be there tomorrow."
No matter how difficult the day is, friends say they plan on paying tribute to Justin.
"We all decided that we are going to go out and buy a bunch of his favorite drink and just drink a bunch of Yoohoos all night long and tell stories," says Seth Schrader.
Back was a 2013 graduate of Waynesville High School. He was set to leave for a career in the Navy in just over a week.