UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The first detail that hit Elizabeth Autry when she listened to the 911 call Phillip Hamm made admitting to strangling her daughter was the lack of emotion.
"How calm he was,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “So matter of factly. He wasn't upset. He wasn't hysterical that he just killed someone."
Union Township police found Autry's daughter, 20-year-old Meagan Fambry, dead at 10:45 a.m.Saturday after Hamm explained to a Clermont County dispatcher what he did in their apartment.
“This morning my roommate and I got in an argument, and I honestly lost my mind and I went off and I choked her and I killed her,” Hamm said released recording of that 911 call. “And it probably happened a few hours ago. Honestly, I don’t know what happened to myself. I really don’t.”
Hamm said the incident took place between 7:30 and 8 a.m. after an evening of attending a house party, drinking and arguing.
“At the party we had gotten into a little bit of an argument. And I know at that point I had been drinking a bit and I kind of blacked and grabbed her. I came to and realized what I had done. I stayed away from her at the party for about a half an hour to 45 minutes,” he said.
The argument, according to Hamm, started again when the two arrived home later that night. It was then he said he lost complete control.
“I would have called sooner but I didn’t know what was going on in my mind. It’s not who I am,” he said.
For more than 10 minutes a dispatcher spoke calmly, prompting Hamm for details on the recording. She asked if there was a weapon in the apartment, or if CPR might still help Fambry.
Hamm said no to both questions. He went into great detail to tell police how to get to his residence, when asked for directions.
“They will go over three speed bumps,” he said.
Detective Sgt. Scott Blankenship with the Union Township Police said it was Hamm’s matter-of-factness that disturbed him and his fellow officers.
"On the surface we see that they're (suspects) usually callous, but this one had no emotion it seemed like the entire way through," Blankenship said.
The 911 recording ended with the dispatcher saying she would stay on the line with Hamm until police arrived. A door knock can be heard at the end of the recording, followed by officers instructing Hamm on his surrender.
On Monday, Hamm was arraigned in Clermont County court on one charge of murder. He entered a plea of not guilty. A $500,000 bond was set. He had no prior record.
Fambry’s mother attended that hearing, before attending her father’s funeral on the same day.
After hearing the 911 call, Autry said she was trying to cope with her own emotions.
"Why, I mean she was so precious," the mother said. "She was so upfront and honest about everything. She never led anybody on. I'm still in shock and disbelief. As angry as I am at Phillip, so far I have not felt any hate."
Visitation for Meagan Fambry will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home on West Main Street in Amelia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Thomas More Church at 800 Ohio Pike, Withamsville with burial to follow at the Pierce Township Cemetary.
Fambry's family also established the Meagan Fambry Memorial Fund at Fifth-Third Bank to pay for funeral expenses and establish an arts and photography scholarship in her honor.
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