Opening Statements Begin in Riverhead for Grisly Murder; Victim Dismembered, Stuffed in Closet
Published on January 28, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
According to prosecutors, Aston Barth, 34, confessed to strangling Jason Campbell, 35, during an argument in Barth’s bedroom.
(Long Island, NY) Opening statements are scheduled for this morning, Tuesday, January 28,2014 at 11:00 am in Riverhead for the murder trial of Aston Barth, the Central Islip man charged with murdering his neighbor and hiding the corpse in his closet, Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota said.
Aston Barth, 34, confessed to strangling Jason Campbell, 35, during an argument in Barth’s bedroom.
He told Suffolk County Police Homicide detectives that he used an axe to partially dismember Campbell’s body.
District Attorney Spota said Barth wrapped the victim’s body in blankets and a trash bag and placed the corpse in his bedroom closet.
Detectives believe the body was in the Barth’s bedroom closet for a week before his mother and brother discovered it on December 24, 2012.
Charged with murder in the second degree, Barth has been incarcerated in the county jail since his arrest.
Judge Richard Ambro will preside at trial.
Update: 1/28/2014 5:01pm: Aston Barth, 34, plead guilty this morning just before his trial was to begin in Suffolk criminal court. The victim’s family, who described the defendant and the victim as close friends for over 20 years, was present for Barth’s plea and expressed relief they would not be forced to endure the retelling of their loved one’s fate during a trial. Barth will be sentenced on February 26, 2014 to 15 years to life in state prison.