Death penalty possible


A Hocking County man and his girlfriend could face the death penalty in connection with the murder of the man's two-year-old daughter. A coroners report released Thursday showed that the girl, Arianna Starkey, died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck. The toddler's father, Austin Starkey, and his girlfriend, Destani Neel, were each charged with murder in March. The toddler also was abused by the pair. Austin Starkey was indicted on charges of murder, felonious assault, permitting child abuse, endangering children and tampering with evidence. Neel was indicted on charges of murder, aggravated murder, felonious assault and endangering children. They each could face the death penalty.


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