Authorities Say Robbery Was The Motive In The Slaying Of A Homeless Zanesville Man

Apr 15, 2017

Dale Dudas
Credit Zanesville Times Recorder

A homeless man charged in the death of another homeless man whose body was found burning outside a Muskingum County church last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges.

41-year-old Dale Dudas is charged in the beating death of 62-year-old Leo Hayes, whose body was found last November outside of a church in Zanesville. Prosecutors say an autopsy showed Hayes died before the fire and there was a significant amount of time between his death and the blaze. Prosecutors say both men had been smoking before the attack and that may have sparked the fire. Police pointed to robbery as a motive.