CAMBRIDGE, OHIO: An Ohio man pleaded not guilty Friday to raping and killing a pizza delivery driver and dumping her body at a state park.
Adam Charles Burris, 32, was arraigned in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court on charges including aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Prosecutors have said they’ll seek the death penalty if he’s convicted of aggravated murder.
A judge ordered that Burris continued being held on $1 million bond. His attorney asked for a competency evaluation, which prosecutors did not oppose.
Authorities say 26-year-old Kayla Thompson didn’t return from a delivery on Dec. 26 to Burris’ home in Cambridge, about 80 miles east of Columbus.
A sheriff’s deputy went to her last delivery address, where a woman told the officer that she had seen her boyfriend, Burris, in the delivery driver’s vehicle. Burris’ cellphone was used to track him, and officers stopped him on Interstate 70 and took him into custody.
Sheriff Michael McCauley said Burris then led authorities to Thompson’s body near a boat ramp at Dillon State Park in neighboring Muskingum County, about 65 miles east of Columbus. The sheriff said that without Burris’ help, officers would not have known to look there.
McCauley said the only known connection between Burris and Thompson was that she brought him pizza.
The judge has ordered the attorneys in the case not to publicly comment on it.