May 29, 2016

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Prior assault incidents to be used as evidence when man goes on trial in Lorain murder

ELYRIA — Albert Fine assaulted two other women before he allegedly killed and dismembered Catherine “Kat” Hoholski last year, according to court documents filed by prosecutors, who plan to use those incidents as evidence of past bad acts during Fine’s capital murder trial.





Defense attorney Dan Wightman objected to the information because he said it didn’t have anything to do with the allegations against Fine, who is accused of laying in wait for Hoholski to return to the Lorain apartment they shared on June 28 and then beating and strangling her.

Hoholski’s body was discovered in a storage locker in the apartment complex last August.

Wightman said the first incident took place in 2002 and Fine was never charged, although a Lorain police report said he grabbed a woman’s right arm, twisted it behind her back and forced her to the ground. The woman pushed Fine off of her and fled.

The second incident, which took place in 2010, led to a misdemeanor assault conviction against Fine in Elyria Municipal Court, Wightman said.

Typically, prosecutors can’t tell a jury about a defendant’s prior criminal record, but that changes if they can use the evidence to show a pattern of criminal conduct.

Fine is scheduled to go on trial in August, but attorneys said Wednesday that date will likely change because of how long it will take to get expert reports on Fine’s mental health.

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