WAYNESVILLE — A pair of former Northmont High School students are being held in the Warren County Jail on aggravated murder charges after investigators discovered the mutilated body of Justin Back, 18, of Wayne Township near Cry Baby Bridge off Fudge Road in Preble County at noon on Wednesday, January 29.
Two 19-year-old men, Austin Myers, who is homeless, and Timothy Mosley of Clayton, were later located at Mosley’s home in Clayton and arrested. According to court documents, Myers confessed to the murder. Mosley, a 2013 Northmont graduate, and Myers, who moved from the Northmont district in 2013, were ordered to be held without bond during their arraignment. Both men were arraigned Thursday on charges alleging they had admitted to murdering Back in his parent’s home in the 5300 block of Corwin Road in Wayne Township.
Investigators indicated that Back and Myers both attended Waynesville High School. Myers moved in 2009 and began attending Northmont.
Warren County deputies were dispatched to a burglary Tuesday, January 28 at 5376 Corwin Road where Back lived with his parents outside of Waynesville. Deputies learned that Myers and Mosley had visited the home on Monday. Back’s stepfather, Mark Cates, called 911 Tuesday at 7:43 p.m. after arriving home and finding it disarray to report a safe and gun were missing from the home. He told the dispatcher he and his wife were concerned because they could not locate Justin, whose cell phone was found in the home. Tables in the kitchen had been shoved up against a wall and rugs were missing.
After deputies arrived it was clear that some sort of violence had taken place inside the residence, according the their report.
According to the sheriff’s report, the attackers used a gun, knife or other cutting instrument, as well as their feet, hands and teeth to kill Back, who was choked, stabbed and shot.
Back played football for Waynesville High School and had been recognized for having perfect attendance. He was scheduled to leave for a career in the Navy in just over a week.