Columbus, OH: Killer of Co-ed in 1994 Found via DNA !
- Now Recanting His Confession -
Jonathan J. Gravely - Age 35
Details of the Crime
In early March of 1994, Stephanie Hummer went
missing. Stephanie was just eighteen years old and a freshman at
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Police say Stephanie was
snatched off Pearl Alley, east of campus. On March 6, 1994, her body
was found in a field near downtown. She had been sexually assaulted
and bludgeoned in the back of the head.
Hummer, a 1993 Finneytown High School graduate
(Cincinnati, OH), was on a full scholarship at Ohio State University
when she was killed. Police said she was kidnapped near the campus
as she walked to a party at 3:00 a.m. in early March of 1994. Police
found Gravely at a labor pool site Wednesday, and during questioning
he admitted to some involvement in the case, police said. He was
charged with one count of murder, and is expected to be arraigned
today in Franklin County.
Jonathan Gravely was once a star athlete in Columbus,
and no one ever suspected him in this crime until his DNA showed up
in the state database.
At the time of Stephanie Hummer's death, Gravely's
children were three and five years old.
Jonathan Gravely is
being held on a $1 Billion bond !!
Stephanie was on a Full Scholarship at Ohio State University When she was Killed
Stephanie Hummer in 1994
Ohio State University Freshman - Age 18
Dan and Sue Hummer holding their favorite photograph of their daughter, Stephanie
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Photo of Stephanie's parents
DNA Law Pays Off Again !
WBNS TV 10
Reported by Maureen Kocot
Jonathan Gravely had never been convicted of anything to point to him as a suspect in the murder of Stephanie Hummer.
The allegations all stem from the DNA comparison made because a new state law required Gravely to submit a sample. His conviction for failing to pay child support, though not a violent felony, now required him to give DNA to authorities.
Just a few short years ago, Ohio was bogged down in a backlog of 19,000 DNA samples. Now, the state has doubled its data base and solved yet another high profile cold case.
When Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro took office, DNA samples from thousands of Ohio's most violent criminals were collecting dust. His office says doing something with the samples was a number one priority.
The priority paid off when the state's DNA database identified Robert Patton as the elusive Linden area serial rapist. Then the Attorney Generalís office supported a proposed law that would require anyone convicted of a felony to give up a DNA sample.
"We knew that if we would test these people, we would be able to solve cold cases," said Jim Canepa from the Ohio Attorney Generalís Office.
House Bill 525 required 67,000 offenders to provide samples of their DNA. That number more than doubled the state's DNA database.
As a result, a man whose only known crime was failing to pay child support is now one of the most notorious defendants.
"Jim Petro is just so happy, so pleased that we could help get closure for that family," Canepa said.
The AG's office hopes solving the murder of Stephanie Hummer will inspire more law enforcement agencies.
The Stephanie Hummer case has generated somewhat more media attention than usual with 61 hits turning up on a Google News Search (stephanie hummer gravely ohio). This is perhaps because Ohio is such a large, populous state, and it is unusual to catch a rapist/murderer twelve years after the crime has been committed. Most of the stories have been run in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas (Stephanie was from Cincinnati) - although the Associated Press did run a story. None of the media sources I reviewed described Jonathan Gravely as a Black, but many ran his photograph. Publishing the photograph of Black male perpetrators now seems to be the acceptable way of identifying the perpetrator as a Black male.
The new (May 2005) Ohio law, requiring convicted felons to give a DNA sample is excellent. A conviction in this case will make Gravely eligible for the death penalty, since the State of Ohio does have capital punishment. There is no question but that such a violent individual should be removed from civilized society. It is, however, very unfortunate that a young woman's life had to be sacrificed in order to do it. As far as DNA and the Black community is concerned: I think that it would be a good idea to get a DNA sample from, and to fingerprint, Black males at birth, or at least when they reach puberty. I think that such a law would be fully justified in light of the fact that Black commit crime way out of proportion to their numbers in society.
One lesson to be learned from this case is that a young woman should not be walking around at 3:00 a.m. unescorted. The friends who had invited her to their party should have offered to come and get her. This rape and murder also demonstrates that no matter how popular a Black male might be, many of them still have extremely violent, anti-social personalities. As I have said again and again on this website, Black males are simply not to be trusted. We can only be thankful that one more anti-social Black male will be out of circulation.
Yours Faithfully, Liberty