September 22 – WARREN COUNTY – A Middletown man found dead and dismembered at his home on Stone Path Drive on Tuesday was shot multiple times, according to the Warren County coroner.
Jeffrey Fellman, 55, died of multiple gunshot wounds and the dismemberment was post-mortem, said Dr. Russell Uptegrove on Thursday.
John Havens entered the lobby of the Middletown Police Division on Tuesday night with his girlfriend and claimed he had dismembered a body. Officers went to Fellman’s residence on the 5600th block of Stone Path for a welfare check and found the victim on the first floor of the house.
Bonnie Marie Vaughn fled the scene but was located, arrested and charged with murder, according to Middletown Police. Havens is accused of tampering with evidence and grossly abusing a dead body.
Vaughn was found at a gas station on the corner of Dixie Highway and Coles Road. The police parked her car and arrested her.
Vaughn, 59, told police she shot and killed her husband on Monday in the garage of their home, according to court documents. Detectives found ammunition shells at the scene.
Middletown Acting Police Chief Eric Crank said detectives were still trying to determine whether Vaughn and Fellman were actually married, but “they were in a domestic relationship.”
Crank said officers responded to calls of domestic disturbances at the residence in the past involving Vaughn and Fellman.
Officers received a call around 3 am on Monday for an earlier disturbance involving Fellman and Vaughn. She claimed it was locked and Fellman might have a gun. Vaughn told officers she was able to get inside and “everything was fine,” according to police records.
Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers went to the Stone Path residence for a welfare check after someone called saying Fellman’s wife or girlfriend was trying to kill him and “wanted him to die.”
The officer spoke with Vaughn around 6 pm, who said he “took Jeff to rehab in Columbus today and everything was fine,” according to the police record.
At 8:30 pm, Havens reported the incident and officers returned to look for a possible dead person at the residence where Fellman’s body was found.
Vaughn is being held in Middletown City Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set Havens’ bail at $15,000. They are scheduled to return to court next week for a preliminary hearing.
The alleged crimes took place in Warren County, so the cases will go to the ordinary appeals court there.
“This is one of those shocking crimes that occur and are very rare,” Crank said. It’s the third homicide in the city this year.
During the detectives’ interrogation, Havens said that Vaughn picked him up on Tuesday and asked if he would help her dispose of a body. When she arrived at the Stone Path residence, she found Fellman’s body in the garage, according to court documents.
Havens, 33, said he dismembered the body using a hand saw from the garage, according to the court document.
Anyone with information about this homicide should call 911 or (513) 425-7700 or Detective Brook McDonald at (513) 425-7745.