What led up to the slaying wasn’t detailed in the court records filed Thursday, but a statement of facts says Wilson’s wallet, car keys and a cordless phone were taken from the scene.
“DNA was extracted from the shorts that Barton Wilson had on at the time of his death and it was matched through CODIS to that of Joshua D. Dehart by the DNA Lab at the (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation),” the statement of facts says.
Search warrants were issued in the case, the court document says.
“When first interviewed, Joshua Dehart agreed that his DNA should not be on the victim but he gave no reason that it was found there,” the statement of facts says. “BCI also analyzed Joshua Dehart’s cellphone records for the time of the incident and was able to place Joshua Dehart’s cell phone at the 2529 Wilmington Pike location at the time of the incident. When interviewed again and confronted with all of the evidence, Joshua Dehart confessed to hitting Barton Wilson in the head at least two times.”
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Information about what weapon was used or a connection between Dehart and Wilson wasn’t available Thursday.
Dehart was arrested at a house in the first block of South Irwin Street in Dayton, according to jail records. Dehart was booked into the Montgomery County Jail Wednesday night, jail records say. He is being held without bond, the records say.
A court date had not been set in the case as of Thursday afternoon.