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An Ohio woman stands accused of murdering her husband after her daughter’s boyfriend walked into a police station and allegedly admitted to dismembering the body.
John Havens, 34, walked into the lobby of the Middletown Division of Police station on Tuesday, requesting to speak with officers about a murder. According to authorities, Havens claimed that his girlfriend's mother, Bonnie Marie Vaughn, 59, shot and killed a man inside a Stone Path Drive residence — about 40 miles north of Cincinnati.
Although police didn’t release the victim’s identity, court documents obtained by CBS Cincinnati affiliate WKRC-TV reported the victim was Vaughn’s husband, Jeffrey Fellman.
Middletown Police Maj. Eric Crank told NBC Cincinnati affiliate WLWT that Havens was the boyfriend of Vaughn’s daughter.
Havens allegedly told investigators that Vaughn picked him up from his own residence before taking him back to her home to dismember her alleged victim's body. He allegedly told police that he used a handsaw to dismember Fellman’s body, which according to court records, was found in Vaughn’s garage.
“Upon entering the residence, officers observed blood and the remains of a human body that was dismembered in a room on the house’s first floor,” said police.
Havens was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Authorities say Bonnie Vaughn fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later and charged with murder. According to WKRC, she was located inside a vehicle at a Middletown gas station and allegedly confessed to killing Fellman the previous day.
Vaughn’s arrest was captured on surveillance camera after she drove her red-colored SUV up to the gas pump, remaining in the vehicle for the next five minutes, according to WLWT.
A possible motive behind the alleged murder has not been disclosed though officials say they’d responded to the home before, according to WLWT.
“We have answered some domestic disturbance calls there in the past,” said Maj. Crank.
Warren County records reviewed by the outlet state listed Vaughn as the owner of the Stone Path Drive residence.
WKRC reporters spoke to several neighbors shaken by the news of Fellman’s murder, including longtime resident Michelle McRoberts who said it was “odd” to see Vaughn’s garage door closed.
“She never puts her garage door down,” said McRoberts. “Even in the winter, it’s always up, even when it’s very cold outside.”
McRoberts added it was a “sad” and “shocking” situation.
In a separate interview with WLWT, McRoberts described the woman now suspected of killing her husband.
“A little bit off,” said McRoberts. “You know, sometimes she didn’t always appear to have it all cognitively maybe together. But yeah, I mean, she was very nice. Bonnie was always very nice.”
Another neighbor, Tamela Kerns, told WKRC she saw Fellman daily near the garage or in the yard.
“I can’t believe it because, I mean, I’m just shocked…,” said Kerns. “It’s sad. I feel bad for all of them."
Vaughn and Havens both appeared in court on Wednesday, where Vaughn’s bond was set at $1 million and Havens’ was set at $15,000.
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