GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — In July 2014, Ashley Onescu went missing.
In April 2015, authorities found what was later determined by dental records to be her skeletal remains.
On Aug. 3, 2017, a jury found Kevin C. Newman, of Marshfield, guilty of first-degree murder.
It took four days of listening to witnesses and attorneys for the jury to render the verdict.
According to a probable cause statement, Onescu was “tortured, raped and murdered.”
Newman, also known as “Dope Man” or “K-9”, was looking into where his rent money had gone, the statement said. He questioned several people inside a garage, alongside several others.
Newman, Onescu and two others only identified in the statement as A.S. and K.T., drove out to a creek in K.T.’s vehicle. A.S. and K.T. walked down the creek while Newman and Onescu walked back up the road.
A.S. said they heard hollering. At first, she thought it was the two arguing but it progressed to hollering. When A.S. and K.T. went back to the vehicle, they waited another 30-45 minutes before Newman returned alone.
K.T. said he thought Newman left Onescu there “because they had gotten into a fight or something.”
A witness identified as T.R., who also said he is loyal to Newman, said Newman told him that Newman “cut Onescu’s throat.”
Newman said he never found out who took his money.
He will be sentenced on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m.