Day 3 of Golsby Trial: Jurors hear testimony from ex-girlfriend

Brian Golsby, center, sits with his defense attorneys during the third day of his trial. (Chris Kettler/WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A black Kate Spade purse became a focal point of testimony on the third day of Brian Golsby's murder trial.

The convicted sex offender is accused in the 2017 rape, kidnapping and murder of Ohio State student Reagan Tokes.

During Wednesday's testimony, Golsby's ex-girlfriend Hattisa Jackson testified that she met Golsby in bus stop in January of 2017. (He had been released from prison a few months earlier after serving time for attempted rape and robbery). Jackson told 10 Investigates she didn't know that.

What she did know - Brian Golsby had on ankle monitor but she didn't know why. She didn't ask.

And she told 10 Investigates she doesn't think he could be responsible for what prosecutors allege - that he killed Reagan Tokes.

"He was so sweet and kind. I can't imagine him taking someone's else life," Jackson told 10 Investigates.

She did say that Golsby gave her money and believes others could be involved - something prosecutors dispute.

In the early morning hours of February 9, 2017 - Jackson said that Golsby came to visit her.

And he brought her a present: A black Kate Spade purse and a white wallet.

Police say they both belonged to Reagan Tokes.

Jackson testified that Golsby didn't have a car but appeared that night in a silver Acura - prosecutors say it was Reagan Tokes' car.

Earlier in the day, a special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation testified the registration found in the car belonged to Toby Tokes - Reagan's father.

Toby Tokes sat in court Wednesday but has declined to comment while the trial is still pending.

Jackson told 10 Investigates that she learned she possessed Tokes' purse even after Golsby's arrest but didn't bother to call police.

10 Investigates asked her if she had any regrets about that, she said "No," telling 10 Investigates' Bennett Haeberle that she was concerned about her own life and caring for her two-year old son.

She later said after police informed her it was Tokes' purse - "it was a sad moment" and that she didn't want to possess the purse of "an innocent person."

Earlier in the day, jurors were shown photographs of Tokes' car, which was found in the same area where Golsby had been staying - along with images of cigarette butts found outside and inside the car.

Police records state DNA from the cigarettes match Brian Golsby.

A BCI agent also showed jurors images of a gas tank found in the trunk of Tokes' car and said it smelled of gas. Prosecutors allege that there was an unsuccessful attempt to burn the car.

The third day of the trial concluded with jurors hearing from an employee of the Adult Parole Authority - which was responsible for monitoring Golsby.

As 10 Investigates has reported extensively, Golsby was not closely monitored.

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