Friday, February 13, 2004

Attempt to kill lawyer alleged

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - Police have charged a Huber Heights, Ohio, man with trying to kill his former lawyer, with whom he was romantically linked.

Bradley D. Willoughby appeared in Warren County Court on Thursday on charges that he tried to kill Jennifer K. Hughes at her Springboro home Tuesday.

Willoughby, 18, is being held in the county jail on charges of disrupting public service, attempted murder and two counts of kidnapping. His bond was set $500,000.

Willoughby, who listed an address in Huber Heights north of Dayton, was arrested Tuesday afternoon two hours after Hughes, 35, told police Willoughby had just tried to kill her, according to authorities.

Hughes alleged that her attacker was armed with a knife and also tried to strangle her with a belt, a telephone cord and a headlock hold, a report says. She said the attack happened after Willoughby spent the night at Hughes' Basil Street home, reports say, and the two argued over whether they would break up.

Hughes, who told police she was separated from her husband, had served as Willoughby's lawyer as recently as last August, Montgomery County court records show. The pair gave police conflicting estimates of how long they had been romantically involved. Both said they had been acquainted for about three years.

Springboro Police Chief Jeffrey Kruithoff said he intended to see that someone reported Hughes' conduct to a bar association for possible disciplinary action.

Hughes did not return a telephone message.


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