Man facing kidnapping, murder charges wants to represent himself at trial

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The registered sex offender accused of raping, torturing, and murdering an aspiring funeral director was back in court Friday.

Anthony Pardon, 55, went on record stating he wants to now represent himself in his upcoming trial.

In the courtroom, Pardon sat in his chair, slouched back before a judge. As the judge read through a list of questions about self-representation, he quickly responded to each. He told his attorneys and the prosecutors he knows what he’s doing. 

Judge Stephen McIntosh strongly disagreed with his decision to remove all counsel and represent himself. He made it clear that he needs to follow the same protocol a lawyer would. Pardon agreed and said he can handle it. 

At the end of the hearing, the judge went over the detailed nine-count indictment against him. It includes charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping, with specifications that could lead to Pardon receiving a death sentence.

He entered a not guilty plea last year, on all of the charges.

According to Columbus Police, Pardon killed Rachel Anderson in her east Columbus apartment and left her body in a closet.

Her remains were found Jan. 29, 2018, when co-workers said she didn’t show up for work.

Investigators said Pardon was linked to the crime by DNA evidence.

Court documents indicate Anderson’s cause of death was asphyxiation or suffocation.

According to court documents, Pardon has served 24 years in prison for an aggravated robbery, rape, and attempted murder conviction from 1982.

Pardon’s trial is set to begin Feb. 3. Jury selection is currently underway.

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