Hearing on GPS evidence held before Brian Golsby trial

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The man accused of killing Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes had a hearing Friday as his lawyers discussed GPS monitoring devices used as evidence.

The prosecution brought in an expert from Florida who testified about the accuracy of GPS data, saying that it’s so reliable, even military and commercial planes use it to land.

The expert said satellites are recalibrated about twice a day to be 95 percent accurate to within 30 feet, and that GPS data can determine not just location, but speed and direction of travel.

This is relevant to the case because Golsby was wearing an electronic monitoring device that prosecutors say place him at the locations of crimes that occurred.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Mark Serrott said he will allow the GPS data to be presented as evidence.

“Certainly, the night of the homicide we expect to show GPS comings and goings of the defendant, as well as the victim,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

Golsby is facing multiple charges in the February 2017 kidnapping and murder of Reagan Tokes. With the death penalty still on the table for the convicted felon, all eyes are on this high-profile case.

O’Brien’s office has issued nearly two dozen subpoenas for witnesses that will testify during the trial.

“These would be the witnesses that will explain what happened. And does the evidence support the charges that are in the indictment?” said O’Brien.

The prosecutor says his team has worked on this case for nearly a year and is ready to present their evidence to a jury.

Eighteen individuals, including some of Reagan Tokes friends and representatives from five entities, including the Grove City Police Department and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office will testify in court.

Investigators say Golsby kidnapped Tokes after she left her job in the short north back in February 2017. They say Golsby raped and murdered her and dumped her body in a park in Grove City.

The trial is set to start February 23.

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