Trial to begin in Barbara Howe killing

Daniel French accused in elderly woman's murder. (Photo/WLWT)
Daniel French accused in elderly woman's murder. (Photo/WLWT)

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A Kentucky man is set for trial in southwest Ohio on an aggravated murder charge in the slaying of an 87-year-old woman found in the trunk of her car.

Daniel French pleaded guilty last week to lesser charges, but not on the count that could carry the death penalty with conviction. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser (MOH’-sur) says he rejected an offer of a plea that would bring a promise of life in prison.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday.

The 56-year-old Berea, Kentucky, man pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the 2012 slaying of Barbara Howe of Monroe. Authorities say he got into her retirement community home by claiming to be there for a maintenance repair. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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