November 28, 2014

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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Lorain woman’s killing

ELYRIA — Albert Fine will face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and other charges in the June 28 slaying of his girlfriend, Catherine “Kat” Hoholski, inside the Lorain apartment the couple shared.

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Fine, 30, has been indicted on two counts each of aggravated murder and murder, two counts of abuse of a corpse, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of tampering with evidence, three counts of theft and one count each of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and misuse of a credit card.

Hoholski’s decomposed body was discovered Aug. 8 in a bin in a storage area of the Villas of Beau Monde apartment complex after residents’ complained about an odor. Fine was arrested the next day in a Lowe’s parking lot in Lexington, Ky., and unsuccessfully fought his extradition back to Ohio.

Police and Lorain County Coroner Dr. Steven Evans declined to discuss what Fine allegedly did to Hoholski’s body to warrant the abuse of a corpse charges.

Evans said prosecutors have asked him not to reveal that information because of the ongoing investigation. County Prosecutor Dennis Will did not return calls seeking comment Thursday.

Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said what Fine did violated the law, which bars treatment of bodies that would “outrage reasonable community sensibilities,” but he would not elaborate.

During an Aug. 11 interview with Lorain police in a Kentucky jail, Fine confessed to killing Hoholski inside their apartment because he suspected she was cheating on him.

According to court documents, Fine told police that he was hiding in a closet waiting for Hoholski when she returned to the apartment and choked her until she was “sleeping” before binding her wrists with sex toy handcuffs. He also bound her legs with a belt and gagged her with a bandanna.

Fine told police that Hoholski broke free of the cuffs and began struggling with him. Fine said he struck her in the face and choked her. He told police that he left the room to clean blood off of himself.

When police searched the apartment, they reported it smelled of decomposition and that liquid appeared to have pooled on the pantry carpet. They also found blood stains on the bottom of the dishwasher and a blue trash can.

They also noted that both the bathtub and kitchen sink had been “extensively cleaned.”

Fine told police he hid the body in the couple’s padlocked storage unit and then took steps to make it appear as if Hoholski were still alive by using her cell phone to send messages. He also withdrew money from her bank account.

Hoholski’s mother, Jane Hoholski, reported her daughter missing July 12. She told police she had last seen her daughter June 28, when she had dropped her off after a visit to Catherine Hoholski’s daughter, Jasmine, who was hospitalized after being born premature in March.

When questioned by Lorain police in July, Fine told officers that Hoholski had broken up with him the day before she was last seen.

Dan Wightman, Fine’s attorney, said Thursday he hadn’t seen the indictment or reviewed the evidence gathered by police during their investigation.

Fine will be arraigned next week, he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.