A Columbiana County man called police early Tuesday and admitted killing his girlfriend.
Randy P. Ring dialed 911 and in a matter-of-fact tone gives the emergency dispatcher his location at an apartment at 25 S. Arch Ave.
The dispatcher asked what was going on.
And Ring responded, “Well, I just strangled my girlfriend.”
Ring, who lives in the 24300 block of Hartley Road in Knox Township, is facing a murder charge, accused of killing Willa J. Taylor-Hillman, 48.
He had been a guest in Taylor-Hillman’s apartment when she was killed around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police accounts.
“They just started arguing and he just snapped,” police Lt. John Jenkins said. “I don’t think she had much of a chance. There was no sign of a real struggle. I think they were laying in bed arguing. I don’t think he had to chase her down.”
A member of Taylor-Hillman’s family declined to talk to the media Tuesday afternoon.
A Sebring woman identifying herself as Taylor-Hillman’s friend said she warned her about Ring.
The homicide occurred, “because he is a psycho,” Tammy Long said while walking to the apartment where Taylor-Hillman lived. “I told her he was going to kill her.”
Ring has been using a walker to maneuver. In his 911 call, he said he can’t walk well but would try to walk to the door to meet the arriving officers.
“He has got some injury from some (motorcycle) accident earlier this year,” Jenkins said.
Ring has a felony domestic violence case pending in Columbiana County. He was charged in June on that case. On July 2, Alliance police arrested Ring on driving under the influence charge, court records show. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting a trial.