Amy L. Knapp IndeOnline staff writer
A judge has ordered that a DNA sample be taken from a Lorain Correctional Institution inmate who police say might have been involved in the death of a man found buried in the backyard of a Massillon home.
Massillon detective Jamie Slutz filed the search warrant seeking DNA from Bryan Gentry.
Investigators said DNA could link Gentry, 27, to the death of Nick Stein, whose body was found Feb. 2 in a tote encased in concrete and buried about 6 feet deep outside a Massillon home.
Stein had been reported missing a year earlier. Officials believe he had been living at the home with Gentry and others shortly before his disappearance.
Police began searching the backyard of the home on Feb. 1 after Kristen Lain, 28, told police that Gentry — her boyfriend — had argued with Stein after Stein had asked Lain to be in a committed relationship with him.
Gentry told police that he and Lain were involved in a sexual relationship, as were Stein and Lain.
Carl A. Spencer, 27, of Marlboro Township, has been charged with murder in Stein‘s death. Spencer, Lain, Stein and Gentry were all living at the home when Stein disappeared.
Lain told police that she believes that Spencer assaulted Stein in the house after she went to sleep and that Spencer threw Stein down the basement steps, killing him.
Gentry has been identified as a person of interest in the case. Neither Gentry nor Lain has been charged in Stein‘s death.
In December, Gentry was sentenced to a year in prison following a conviction in Stark County on two counts of receiving stolen property.
Slutz said in the affidavit filed in Lorain County that evidence found at the dig site — a white plastic bag, several black gloves and pieces of duct tape consistent with items found in the tote, in the concrete and on the body of the victim — could contain Gentry‘s DNA.
Based on evidence gathered, Slutz said in the court document “there is probable cause to believe that Bryan Gentry committed the crime of murder.”
Spencer‘s case was sent to a grand jury this week.
Massillon is in Stark County west of Canton, about two hours from Columbus.