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Former Marines arrested in dismemberment case

Jan. 17, 2013 - 06:24AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 - 06:24AM  |  
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This image released by the Boone County, Ky., Sheriff's Department shows Jeffrey W. Allen. (Boone County (Ky.) Sheriff's Department)
This image released by the Boone County (Ky.) Sheriff's Department shows Stephen E. Harkness. (Boone County (Ky.) Sheriff's Department)

Two former Marines have been arrested in Boone County, Ky., where authorities have charged them and a third man with kidnapping, torturing and dismembering a young man whose remains were found scattered in several locations.

Stephen E. Harkness, 22, and Jeffrey W. Allen, 21, both of Verona, Ky., along with Anthony Baumgartner, 23, of Florence, Ky., were arrested early Tuesday and charged with kidnapping, torture, murder and dismemberment, the Boone County Sheriff's Department announced. The three men were being held without bail and were scheduled to make their first court appearance Thursday.

"Detectives were led to an undisclosed location in Verona... where they discovered the torso and some dismembered body parts of a white man wrapped and discarded in a field," the sheriff's department said in a news release. Detectives "also learned the missing body parts had supposedly been disposed of in a Dumpster in Florence." Investigators also combed a landfill in Butler, Ky.

Investigators on Wednesday determined the victim was Daniel Delfin, a 19-year-old from Walton, Ky., who authorities believe was killed on Jan. 9, according to the release. "They were going to rid the world, perhaps one person at a time, of evil in it," Tom Scheben, a sheriff's office spokesman, told WKRC-12 in Cincinnati, adding that authorities suspected Delfin was a heroin dealer. Scheben said the men admitted to the crime.

Harkness, who enlisted in July 2009, separated from the Marine Corps as a private first class on Jan. 10, 2012, according to Marine Corps records. He was a water support technician with 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and had deployed to Afghanistan for a total of one month and 22 days, records show. It wasn't clear what type of discharge he received.

Allen, of Trafalgar, Ind., enlisted in March 2011 and served as a light armored vehicle crewman with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., according to Marine Corps records. He had not deployed overseas and was separated on Oct. 29, 2012. The Marine Corps would not characterize the type of discharge Allen received, but Boone County authorities said Allen had been kicked out with a dishonorable discharge.

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