LORAIN — Before he strangled Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, Albert Fine told Lorain police that he hid in a closet in the apartment they shared so he could confront her about an affair he suspected she was having.
When he did confront her, Fine told police during an Aug. 11 interview in the Lexington, Ky., jail where he is being held, things turned violent.
“Fine told (me) that he confronted Catherine Hoholski in their apartment; grabbed her, pushed her into the bedroom and choked her until she was ‘sleeping.’ ” Lorain police Detective Chris Kovach wrote in an affidavit included with the request for a governor’s warrant that is necessary to return Fine to Lorain County to face charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping.
Fine then used toy handcuffs to bind Hoholski’s hands behind her back, bound her ankles with a belt and put a bandana around her mouth to keep her from screaming, Kovach wrote.
“Catherine then broke the handcuffs and began struggling again,” Kovach wrote. “Albert Fine then choked her about the neck again while they were on the floor and reported that he struck her about the face several times. After he left the room to clean blood off of himself, Fine stated that Catherine had died.”
Fine told police that he had killed Hoholski on June 28. That’s the same day that her mother, Jane Hoholski, said she had last seen Catherine Hoholski alive when she reported her daughter missing July 12.
After he killed Hoholski, Fine admitted that he hid her body in a padlocked storage unit, Kovach wrote. Her badly decomposed body was discovered Aug. 9 after weeks of complaints about the smell by residents of the Villas of Beau Monde apartments.
The couple’s apartment also smelled of decomposition, Kovach wrote, noting that liquid appeared to have pooled on the carpet of the pantry. There were blood stains still visible on the bottom of the dishwasher and a blue trash can as well.
Kovach also wrote that both the bathtub and the kitchen sink in the apartment had been “extensively cleaned.”
Following Hoholski’s death, Fine told his mother that he and Hoholski had broken up after an argument during which Hoholski accused him of leaving bruises on her arm. Fine also told Lorain police in July that Hoholski had broken up with him the day before she was last seen.
He also continued to live his life, visiting his and Hoholski’s daughter, Jasmine Rose Fine, who was born prematurely in March, in the hospital with Jane Hoholski. Fine also used Catherine Hoholski’s cell phone to send text messages and posts continued to appear on her Facebook page, although her mother didn’t believe the messages or posts came from her, according to Kovach’s affidavit.
The investigation determined that Fine made five withdrawals from Catherine Hoholski’s bank account after her death. After being alerted to the withdrawals by Kenneth Hoholski, Catherine Hoholski’s father, police pulled photos from ATM cameras of Fine getting money out of her account.
Fine faces misuse of a credit card charges for those unauthorized withdrawals, Kovach wrote.
Police tracked Fine to Kentucky, where he was arrested Aug. 9 in the parking lot of a Lowe’s after an unidentified witness told officers “he thought it was strange that within 2 or 3 days of the reported breakup between Catherine and Albert Fine, Fine was already talking about having a new girl named ‘Mary’ in Kentucky.”
The witness also told police that Fine had been seeking a large duffle bag he could use and was looking for a ride to Cleveland so he could catch a Greyhound bus to Kentucky.
Although police said Fine has confessed to the killing, he has fought his return to Ohio. A judge in Fayette County District Court ruled last week that Fine was the man sought by Lorain police in connection with Hoholski’s murder and authorized his return to Ohio once the proper paperwork is completed.
County Prosecutor Dennis Will said now that the request for the governor’s warrant has been sent to Columbus, it likely will be at least a week before the paperwork is fully processed and Fine is brought back to Ohio.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.