Julie's Murderer Found Guilty
Almost two years after the tragic disappearance and murder of Julie Popovich, her family and friends can finally experience a little bit of closure. Adam Salah, who the judge referred to as a "shark," was found guilty, and could spend the rest of his life in prison.
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Julie was last seen at about 1 a.m. on August 11th outside Ledo's Bar on North High Street near the university, getting into a car with a man her friends did not recognize.
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Last updated June 28, 2007
Sep 01, 2005
Body Found After Three Weeks Of Searching
Almost three weeks after aspiring model Julie Popovich disappeared from a bar where she was hanging out with her friends, her decomposing remains were found in a nearby field. Franklin County workers who had been sent to mow the bean field stumbled across her body, and notified the police.
Dental records and DNA evidence were used in order to positively identify the body. The case of Julie's disappearance is now officially being investigated as a homicide.
Although there have not yet been any arrests in this case, police say they are questioning a young man who is currently being held on unrelated rape charges. This man's name has not been released.
Suspect Charged, Tried, And Found Guilty
Adam Saleh was eighteen-years-old and just getting ready to start classes at Ohio State University. But police say that dream ended when he was arrested and held on a rape charge. To make his story even worse, Saleh was charged with aggravated murder in the case of Julie Popovich while he was in jail.
In December 2006, Saleh was charged with aggravated murder, attempted rape, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence. By the time Saleh went to trial in April 2006, he was 20 years old, and still insisting he was innocent.
Despite his claims, testimony by detectives, expert witnesses, and even Saleh's fellow inmates proved to the jury without a doubt that Saleh was guilty. After about seven hours of deliberation, Saleh was found guilty of murder, attempted rape, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence.
On May 2, 2007, Saleh was sentenced to 38 years to live in prison. The judge announced to the courtroom that he hoped Saleh was never released from prison, but if he was, he must be labeled a sexual predator.