Faribault man charged with killing Ohio woman


A Faribault man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an Ohio woman who was reported missing late last month.

Jason Nisbit, 39, was in court in Rice County Monday, accused of killing 26-year-old Chelsea Martinez of Columbus, Ohio, KSTP reports.

Martinez had been missing since July 30, and her body was found on Friday in a wooded area near Shager Park, west of Faribault.

Martinez's family and the court documents suggest the young woman had made arrangements with Nisbit to end her life.

WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, reports that Martinez had suffered from depression for years and had expressed suicidal thoughts in the past.

After she went missing, her husband found an online conversation between Martinez and a man they later determined to be Nisbit, in which she said she can't wait to die, and asked Nisbit how he will kill her.

According to the criminal complaint:

Martinez drove to Faribault and met up with Nisbit on July 31 to discuss suicide. They met again the next morning and drove to Shager Park in separate vehicles.

The two then walked into a wooded area, where Nisbit bound Martinez's hands and feet with rope and choked her with another piece of rope until she passed out.

Nisbit then took a 10-inch knife and slit her throat, placed her body in a nearby culvert and covered it with dirt.

Police found Martinez's abandoned car in the park a few days later and contacted her family. Police tracked down Nisbit through his online profile; he admitted he killed Martinez and led police to her body, according to the criminal complaint.

Martinez is survived by her husband and three young children.

Nisbit is being held on $1 million bail, and will make his next court appearance on Aug. 24, according to KSTP.

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