LISBON - Randy P. Ring, the man accused of domestic violence in this county and the murder of the same woman later in Stark County, appeared in custody in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Monday and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Ring, 58, Hartley Road, Alliance, has entered a similar plea to the murder charge in Stark County and in both cases a psychological evaluation has now been ordered.
In the local case Ring is accused of shoving his then girlfriend Willa Taylor-Hillman to the ground in June. He was out on bond awaiting the case to be heard by the grand jury and with court orders to have no contact with his girlfriend, when she was murdered in her home in Alliance in July.
During a preliminary hearing on the murder charge, investigators stated Ring told them he strangled Taylor-Hillman with his hands. Then a calm Ring called police and told a dispatcher he just strangled his girlfriend. Investigators found her lying face up on her bed.
Bond is now $1 million in Stark County, while he awaits additional hearings following his neurological evaluation ordered there by Judge Charles Brown. Judge C. Ashley Pike ordered the psychological evaluation here during a pretrial on Monday. Ring was transported by the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department for the hearing, bringing him from the Stark County Jail.