Jury issues indictment for man accused of murder, burning body in Lincoln field

Jury issues indictment for man accused of murder, burning body in Lincoln field

PROVIDENCE - On Wednesday, a Providence grand jury issued an indictment against a man accused of murder, dismembering the body and setting the remains on fire in a Lincoln field.

David DeLeon was charged with the murder of Dakota Gosselin last year, after Gosselin's body was found Nov. 20, 2016, in a field along Lincoln Meadows Drive.

DeLeon's indictment includes the following charges:

• One count of murder
• Mutilation of a human body
• Discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence
• Failure to report a death
• Possession of a firearm without a license
• Possession with intent to deliver marijuana
• Possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance

As reported previously by The Breeze, Gosselin's body was found in a brushfire along Lincoln Meadows Drive by firefighters, and the medical examiner's office later determined Gosselin died of a gunshot wound to the head.

He was 21.

Providence police responded to a call on Gordon Avenue in the capital city earlier that day, where officials discovered a bloody crime scene, but no victim. Officials later linked a shooting at the Providence apartment to the scene in Lincoln, where Gosselin's remains were discovered.

Police said DeLeon is believed to have shot Gosselin in the head before disposing his body in the Lincoln field before setting the remains on fire.

DeLeon was scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.