Herman Preston is being held on one murder charge under statute 2903.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, which states no person shall purposely cause the death of another.
According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit press release, the charge stems from an alleged altercation between Preston and his wife, Amanda Preston, 36, at their residence at 383 Apple Lane Sunday morning.
Investigators said EMS found Amanda Preston unresponsive in the garage.
After her husband called 911 asking for a rescue squad at 9:35 a.m. Sunday.
Her husband told a 911 dispatcher she had been drinking the previous night, became angry with him and cut him on the arm with a knife. He said he locked her in the garage.
“My wife got drunk last night, and she got mad at me, and she was like, she started attacking me.
She cut me. I need a rescue squad,”
Preston told the dispatcher.
He also said he took the knife and locked his wife in their garage, according to a recording of the call.Though he repeatedly pleaded for an ambulance, he did not mention any injuries to his wife.
When asked where he was cut, Preston replied, “On my arm, but it’s not bad.
I didn’t think she was going to actually swing it to my arm.”
Preston was in the driveway when deputies arrived and claimed the couple had been involved in a fight, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The county coroner pronounced her dead at 10:16 a.m.
Richland County Prosecutor Bambi Couch said Monday that Amanda Preston was strangled and confirmed that a 16-year-old juvenile was present in the house.
Neighbors said the family kept to themselves, and they weren’t aware of past issues or violence at the house.
They said Amanda Preston had two children.
“Never any noise, never anything from over there, so it’s very strange,”
neighbor Kerry Thompson said.
Preston, 39, who goes by Jared, was arraigned Monday in Mansfield Municipal Court, with a $500,000 cash bond set, a personal recognizance bond set, plus electronic monitoring and no contact with Amanda’s family if he posts bond.