Man accused of killing Ohio State student Reagan Tokes pleads not guilty


The man accused of raping and killing an Ohio State student, and robbing six other people in south Columbus pleaded not guilty Monday.

Brian Golsby has been in custody since February 11, but Monday was his first court appearance since a grand jury indicted him on 18 counts, including murder, kidnapping and rape.

Reagan Tokes's father Toby entered the courtroom stone-faced, even as he watched the man accused of her rape and murder escorted in.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien began the methodical, deliberate process of reading every word of the capital charges against Golsby into the record.

"It's an 18 count indictment including aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, rape," O'Brien said.

At the first mention of his daughter’s name, Toby Tokes was overcome with emotion, racked with the kind of agony few others in the crowded courtroom could comprehend.

Investigators say on February 8, Brian Golsby kidnapped 21-year-old Reagan Tokes as she left work at Bodega in the Short North.

They say he forced her into a car, made her withdraw cash from an ATM, then raped her and shot her.

Her body was found the next day at Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City.

Investigators say DNA from a cigarette butt in Reagan's car led them to Golsby, and that GPS data from an ankle monitor plotted his location during the attack.

Golsby is also charged in six unrelated aggravated robberies in the two-week period before Tokes's murder.

Just before Monday's hearing, the prosecutor filed a motion requesting no bond for Golsby, calling him a danger to society.

Golsby's attorney didn't fight that motion, and a magistrate agreed, ordering him held without bond until his next hearing.

As first reported by 10 Investigates Friday, Golsby violated his EXIT Program halfway house curfew four times, according to charging documents.

“I think I will defer to DRC (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections) when it comes to compliance with their rules, that type of thing. Certainly, it's expected that both by me, and I suppose, by them, that someone on a curfew - follows the curfew, said Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O’Brien

O’Brien added there is evidence that Golsby didn’t simply not charge his GPS device, but that Golsby also tampered with his device prior to the Tokes murder.

“The word I saw, again, as I say, I subpoenaed the records, the word I saw somewhere in those records was he was believed to have tampered with it in an attempt to disable it,” said O’Brien.

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