Man indicted for Clay Township murder, November 14, 2018


DAYTON - Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. has announced that David Savage, 61, has been indicted for causing the death of 47-year-old Steven Johnson, whose body was discovered at a Clay Township nursery.


On Monday, Oct. 8, a worker reported to police that he had discovered a sleeping bag with a body inside on the grounds of A. Brown and Sons Nursery on Arlington Road in Clay Township. Inside the sleeping bag, law enforcement officials found the deceased body of the victim.


An autopsy determined the identity of the victim, and that he had died as a result of blunt force trauma.


Further investigation determined the victim had been murdered inside a home in the 4500 block of Eichelberger Avenue by the defendant.


The Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the defendant on:

  • One count of murder.
  • One count of felonious assault.
  • Two counts of tampering with evidence.
  • One count of gross abuse of a corpse.


The defendant was arrested in Wisconsin and was extradited back to Montgomery County. He is currently in custody in the Montgomery County Jail, being held on a $1 million bond. He will be arraigned on Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m.