COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It was a busy second day in the aggravated murder trial of Brian Golsby. Jurors toured the various crime scenes in the morning and heard testimony from seven witnesses in the afternoon.
Golsby is accused of the Feb 2017 kidnapping, rape and murder of former Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes. If convicted Golsby faces the possibility of a death sentence.
A Grove City police detective testified that during the initial interview after his arrest, Brian Golsby admitted being with Reagan Tokes the night of her murder.
“He told us he had taken Reagan into a car and had committed a robbery of her,” Det. Nicholas Deskins told the jury. “He needed money. He took her to some ATM’s and he left her naked in a field during a snow storm.”
The jury also heard from Richard Bonner, the man who first spotted the body in Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City. “When I looked over at the side view mirror I saw a person laying on the ground and I thought it was a mannequin,” Bonner testified. Bonner says when he got closer and saw blood he realized it was a human.
Prosecutors believe Tokes was kidnapped after finishing her shift at Bodega, a restaurant in the Short North.
Jurors also heard from three of Reagan Tokes college roommates including Madison Girten who said it wasn’t until the next day that they realized Tokes had not come home the night before and grew concerned. “We started calling hospitals and jails just to see if something happened and to see if she was there,” Girten testified. “I tried to keep in contact with her mom and then eventually we decided we should call the police and file a missing persons report..”
Not long after, the roomates learned that a body found in Grove City had been identified as Tokes.
The day started with jurors boarding a bus for a tour of the locations where prosecutors say the crimes were committed.
The first stop was Bodega and the street nearby where she had parked her car.
Jurors were also shown the location of two A-T-M machines where investigators say Golsby forced Tokes to try to withdraw money.
The next stop was an alley in Merion Village where prosecutors believe Tokes was raped.
The final stop on the jury view was Scioto Grove Metro Park where Toke’s body was found. A makeshift memorial in honor of Tokes was covered with a tarp during the jury’s visit to the site.