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Suspect in Ashtabula teen's death could face death penalty if found guilty

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 16:04:19-04

John Richard Bove was indicted on 10 charges Wednesday in connection with the death of a 13-year-old Ashtabula girl in May, according to court records filed in Ashtabula County court.

Bove, 46, was charged with one count of aggravated murder, three counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of felonious assault, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of gross abuse of a corpse.

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Court records show the charges include a “death penalty specification.”

The body of Kara Zdanczewski, 13, was found in a Saybrook Township field on May 11.

Police said Bove was the last person seen with Zdanczewski. The girl’s body was discovered in the same place where Bove's abandoned car was found.

According to an affidavit filed by an Ashtabula City Police Department officer, Bove told investigators the teen was ultimately killed, and her body set on fire, over a $3,000 drug debt owed by the girl's father.