The boyfriend of a missing Monroe County, OH woman was arraigned by Judge Julie Selmon at Monroe County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.
Ralph A. Ash of Lewisville, OH, a convicted felon, was charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and having weapons under disability.
During the arraignment, Ash tried the insanity defense as he began barking like a dog and covered his face with his hair.
Public defender Mark Morrison was assigned to Ash’s case. Morrison is concerned because his client is currently being held in Columbiana County Jail. He plans to get him switched to Jefferson County Jail.
Ash’s bond was set at $1 million.
Related Story: Deputies Find Body Conducting Search Warrant Connected to Missing Monroe County, OH Woman
Heskett went missing on Feb. 14 and was last seen getting into a large white truck with two men who were alleged pipeline workers.
On March 13, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant to search Ash’s property on Burkhart Road where they found a body in an undisclosed location.
According to Monroe County Sheriff, Charles Black, preliminary autopsy results from the coroner’s office indicate the body is Heskett.