Prosecution rests in trial of Brian Golsby

Brian Golsby listens to testimony on March 7, 2018 (WCMH photo)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Brian Golsby.

The defense says it plans to call no witnesses. Golsby has waived his right to testify in his own defense.

Closing arguments begin Tuesday morning.

Today, two women, a close friend and the mother of Golsby’s daughter, both testified that Golsby confessed to them in separate jailhouse conversations.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I got scared.’ I said ‘did you do it?’ And he shook his head, yes,” testified Brittney Stepp. “I asked him why he did what he did and I said, ‘please don’t tell me that you really did this.’ And that’s when he admitted to me of doing what he did.”

“He said that he kidnapped her, he robbed her, he raped her and then he shot her at the park,” said Stepp.

Defense attorneys are working to avoid the death penalty, and under cross-examination, they questioned Stepp about Golsby’s demeanor.

“And when Mr. Golsby made these statements to you, he said he was scared and didn’t know what to do and he was sorry,” Golsby’s attorney said.

“Yes, he did say that,” Stepp responded.

“And he was crying when he gave you those answers right?” said Golsby’s attorney.

“Yes, he had tears in his eyes,” replied Stepp.

The jury also heard from forensic scientists about DNA evidence which prosecutors say ties Golsby to the crimes.

Golsby faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of the murder of OSU student Reagan Tokes.

Ted Hard has the latest on this case coming up on NBC4 at 5 and 6pm. 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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