ALLIANCE - Randy Ring, the Knox Township man accused of murdering his girlfriend, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Alliance Municipal Court.
According to the clerk of courts' website, bond for Ring was set by Judge Robert G. Laverly at $1 million cash or surety. Ring asked for a public defender and one was granted.
He was unable to make bond and remains in the Stark County jail awaiting his next scheduled court appearance, a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday morning.
The 58-year-old Hartley Road, Alliance, resident is charged with the murder of Willa J. Taylor-Hillman, 48, at her apartment at 25 S. Arch Ave., Alliance, in the early morning hours Tuesday. He was arrested quickly by Alliance police, after he called 911 and calmly told the dispatcher "I just strangled my girlfriend."
Ring was already facing a felony domestic violence charge in Columbiana County for allegedly shoving Taylor-Hillman to the ground in June. While awaiting the case to be heard by the county grand jury, Ring was released on a $25,000 recognizance bond in that case. County Municipal Court Judge Carol Robb had warned him to stay away from his girlfriend as a condition of his bond.