ALLIANCE - A Knox Township man has been charged with murder in the death early Tuesday of his girlfriend.
Randy Ring, 58, of 24353 Hartley Road, was arrested by Alliance police at about 1:30 a.m. He is charged with killing Willa J. Taylor-Hillman, 48, at her apartment at 25 S. Arch Ave.
According to police, Ring was a guest at the home and the two began to argue. Police believe Ring attacked Taylor-Hillman and strangled her. He had been court-ordered to stay away from his girlfriend less than a month earlier.
Following the alleged attack, Ring called police himself and was taken into custody without incident. In his 911 call provided by the Journal's news partner, WKBN Channel 27, Ring calmly and clearly tells the dispatcher, "I just strangled my girlfriend."
To the dispatcher's next question, where he was, Ring replied, "I'm sitting here on the bed with her and getting ready to go out the door."
The dispatcher asked that he stay in the room and stay on the phone with her. Ring readily agreed, later mentioning that he needed a walker to get around. Minutes later, police arrived, and Ring left the room to unlock the door for the arresting officers.
Throughout the 911 call, Ring remained calm, lucid and non-threatening. He was taken to the Stark County jail to await arraignment in Alliance Municipal Court at 1 p.m. today.
In their press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Alliance police noted that Ring was arrested a month ago, June 10, on a felony count of domestic violence in Columbiana County Municipal Court.
Court records show that case involved an alleged attack on Taylor-Hillman, who accused Ring of shoving her to the ground and attempting to shove his fingers into her eyes. Additionally, she claimed he pulled her hair while she was trying to get away in her vehicle.
Taylor-Hillman and two other people, Michelle and Ben Johnston, had reported to deputies Ring had struck Taylor-Hillman's vehicle several times with his vehicle, damaging it in both the front and back ends while she was parked along the roadway.
On June 18, Ring had been ordered by Judge Carol Robb to stay away from Taylor-Hillman as a condition of his release on a $25,000 recognizance bond. He was bound over to the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury, which meets later this month.
This was not the first domestic violence charge or choking incident involving Ring. In March 2010, according to court documents, he was charged after he grabbed his wife, Gail Ring, punched her in the chest and choked her, causing her to gasp for air. She was taken by her son to a domestic violence shelter the next day and someone from the shelter took her to the Alliance Community Hospital for treatment.
In September 2010, Robb had fined Ring $250, sentenced him to 28 days in jail and required 40 hours of community service for domestic violence. He had further been ordered to take his medication and stay away from his wife.