COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A man accused of killing one and injuring another during an attempted burglary in Far West Columbus has been arrested and arraigned in court.
Christopher Campos-Hernandez, 29, was arrested Wednesday, three weeks after being identified as a suspect in the murder of 24-year-old Jacob Stratton and injuring a 53-year-old woman on April 3.
At 4:40 a.m. that morning, officers responded to reports of a burglary on the 5700 block of Belmore Drive in the Sweetwater neighborhood, south of Hilliard. Police arrived to find Campos-Hernandez fighting with Stratton and the woman.
Stratton was taken to OhioHealth Doctors Hospital and later died at 5:21 a.m. The woman was treated and released.
Police later searched the home of Campos-Hernandez discovered the body of a 25-year-old man. Two days later police identified the man as Jesus Campos-Hernandez. Police have not said whether or not the two cases are related.
In court today the prosecuting attorneys said the autopsy report revealed Stratton was strangled and stabbed and that Campos-Hernandez could not be fingerprinted because he damaged his own fingertips. The defense argued that there is a lack of evidence or proof and that Campos-Hernandez, who was in the hospital for two weeks with his injuries, is actually the victim.
Campos-Hernandez was arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court Thursday morning and was issued a $750,000 bond. He is next scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 5.