Man pleads guilty in train track murder case

Suspect won't face death penalty.
MCT Regional News
May 13, 2013

Jamie Shaffer, 23, was facing a murder trial in front of three Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judges in the killing of 20-year-old Lisa Spinks.

Police allege Shaffer and Joshua Sellers killed Spinks Sept. 24, 2011 and dumped her body on the railroad tracks in Miamisburg.

At 9:08 a.m. today, during a hearing this morning before the trial, Shaffer waived his right to a jury trial as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. It was not announced what the terms of the plea agreement were. Two other judges’ chairs were positioned on either side of Judge Timothy N. O’Connell’s chair. The court is in recess.

At 10:06 a.m., Shaffer pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for the death penalty being removed as a possibility and for his testimony against co-defendant Joshua Sellers. Judges Barbara Gorman, Timothy N. O’Connell and Mary Wiseman were seated on the bench before O’Connell read through the plea agreement in which Shaffer is pleading guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Shaffer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Miamisburg police said Shaffer and 28-year-old Joshua Sellers killed Spinks by stabbing her in the neck. Police said the pair then put Spinks’ body on the railroad tracks, where it was covered with brush and severed by passing trains.

Shaffer and Sellers were indicted Oct. 5, 2011 and have been in Montgomery County Jail on $1 million bonds. Both were charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and possession of criminal tools.

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By Mark Gokavi - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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