URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) — After nine years the Urbana police division has announced the indictment of a suspect in the beating of an 87-year-old man, who later died from his injuries.

Josiah Wayne Mathews, 29, of Springfield, was indicted in connection to the violent assault against Louis Taylor inside his own home on Dorothy Moore Avenue the morning of Oct. 25, 2011. Taylor was taken to Miami Valley Hospital but died from his injuries on Nov. 17, 2011.

The Urbana police division, along with Special Prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Champaign County Prosecutor’s Office, presented their criminal case against Mathews. He was charged with:

  • One count of Aggravated Murder
  • Three counts of Murder
  • One count of Aggravated Robbery
  • One count of Robbery
  • One count of Felonious Assault
  • One count of Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle
  • One count of Tampering with Evidence

Mathews is being held at Tri-County Jail without bail pending his initial court appearance.

“While this case in nine years old, it has always remained on our minds and in our work efforts and we have never lost sight of our duty to Mr. Taylor and his family to find justice for his killing,” said Matthew Lingrell, Urbana’s Chief of Police.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions section is prosecuting the case.