Ohio man charged with murder after body found encased in concrete

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MASSILLON, OH (AP) – The discovery of a body encased in concrete and buried in a backyard has led to murder charges against an Ohio man.

Investigators say the charges are related to a man who had been missing for more than a year and lived at the home where they dug up a body last week.

Twenty-seven-year-old Hartville resident Carl Spencer was jailed on $5 million bond Monday in Massillon Municipal Court.

Defense attorney Derek Lowry says Spencer is pleading not guilty but declined further comment.

Spencer is charged in the death of Nicholas Stein.

Authorities have yet to publicly confirm the identity of the remains buried in a plastic container several feet underground.

The Independent in Massillon reports a rental company confirmed Spencer rented excavating equipment last February.

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