Two more facing charges in murder, dismemberment of Youngstown woman

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Two more people have been charged in connection with the murder of Shannon Graves, the Youngstown woman whose body was found inside a freezer at a Campbell home in July of 2017.

The 28-year-old’s ex-boyfriend, 32-year-old Arturo Novoa, is already facing charges in her death.

Thursday’s indictment also names Andrew Herrmann and Michelle Ihlenfeld.

Hermann is accused of helping dismember Graves’ body, move her remains and destroy her personal belongings. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and faces the following charges:

  • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count
  • Tampering with evidence, 12 counts
  • Abuse of a corpse, one count

Investigators say Ihlenfeld, Hermann’s wife, made threats and obstructed the investigation to cover up Graves’ death. She was also arrested Thursday afternoon and faces the following charges:

  • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count
  • Intimidation, two counts
  • Obstruction of justice, one count

Law enforcement also searched the couple’s home on Thursday.

“The measures that this group allegedly took to cover up this gruesome homicide are incomprehensible,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “These three defendants are accused of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity in an attempt to mislead authorities and conceal their atrocious crimes.”

Investigators say Novoa killed Graves in February or March of 2017, then dismembered her body, hid her limbs in the freezer and mutilated the rest of her remains.

Novoa is facing a total of 44 charges:

  • Aggravated murder, one count
  • Murder, one count
  • Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count
  • Tampering with evidence, 24 counts
  • Abuse of a corpse, six counts
  • Possession of criminal tools, three counts
  • Grand theft of a motor vehicle, one count
  • Drug trafficking, four counts

Youngstown police are still investigating the case.

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