BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - First details of the brutal murder of 87-year-old Barbara Howe were released on Friday, more than two years after she was found dead inside the trunk of her car.
Daniel French, 56, allegedly entered Howe's residence at the Mount Pleasant Retirement Complex in a ruse that her medical emergency alert system needed repair. Once inside, documents state French used a stun gun on Howe before slitting her throat multiple times, causing her to bleed to death.
French poured cleaning solutions, including drain cleaner and peroxide, on Howe's body, according to the bill of particulars filed on Friday by the Butler County Prosecutor's Office.
Grand Jurors found French planned to rob Howe and that he killed her “for the purpose of escaping detection,” documents state. He allegedly took cash and a diamond ring from the residence before putting Howe's body in the trunk of her car.
French worked at the Monroe retirement facility and
her after his arrest last month, according to a motion filed by the Butler County Prosecutor.
He has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse. If convicted, French could face the death penalty.