July 24, 2014

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Albert Fine has first local court appearance for murder

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LORAIN — Albert Fine may face the death penalty for the slaying of Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, his attorney said following Fine’s initial court appearance on aggravated murder and kidnapping charges this morning in Lorain Municipal Court.

Fine, 30, was returned to Lorain County on Friday from Kentucky, where he has been held since his arrest in a Lowe’s parking lot on Aug. 9, a day after Hoholski’s decomposed body was found in a storage unit at the Lorain apartment the couple shared.

Dan Wightman, Fine’s court appointed attorney, said he is still learning the details of the allegations against his client, but based on the charges Fine already faces he believes a grand jury could indict him with a death specification.

According to Lorain police, Fine confessed to strangling Hoholski during a confrontation on June 28 in their apartment and then using her cell phone to make it appear as if she were still alive.

Fine is being held at the Lorain County Jail without bond.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.