Ohio woman shot to death nearly 3 days before police find body in Neshannock home
A Lawrence County man covered the body of a woman he shot to death in his home and left her there for two or three days, state police said.
Police charged Robert D. Johns, 40, of Neshannock with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse for the Tuesday shooting death of Amanda Seman, 26, of Youngstown. Police found Seman’s body in Johns’ home Friday, police said.
Johns and Seman were involved in an intimate relationship, according to a criminal complaint written by Trooper Randolph Guy, and Johns told police that Seman had a drug problem and often asked him for money. Tuesday evening, Johns said, Seman, another woman and a man arrived at the home, with Seman asking for money. After the man and woman left, Guy wrote, Seman continued to demand money from Johns, taking his cellphone and refusing to return it, and the two argued in his bathroom.
Johns said he pulled a Glock pistol from his back pocket and pointed it at Seman, as he demanded the return of his cellphone. Police said Johns told them he shot Seman once in the face. He then dragged her body into a bedroom, where he partially covered her head with a plastic bag and her body with a blanket, Guy wrote.
Johns cleaned blood from the bathroom but did not call anyone to report what had happened, Guy wrote.
Seman’s mother called state police Friday and asked that someone go to John’s house to check for Seman because she hadn’t heard from her daughter since Tuesday, state police said. State police referred the call to Neshannock police, who went to the house on Falls Avenue. There, Johns told officers that he had shot Seman and that she was in the bedroom.
Johns remained in the Lawrence County Jail on Saturday, ineligible for bond.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or [email protected].