CINCINNATI -- Early the morning of Oct. 5, witnesses in Downtown Cincinnati heard a woman screaming in a small alley between Race and Vine streets. Although police arrived at Pendery Alley in seconds, the only thing left to discover when they did was the body of 47-year-old Tracey Hawes.
Thursday night, Cincinnati police announced the arrest of 61-year-old William Sanford in connection with her death.
Sanford appeared in court Friday morning where a judge ordered him held on $500,000 bond before he returns for his next court date. He has been charged with murder, but police aren't explaining how Hawes was killed.
911 calls reveal what sounded like a brutal attack and a struggle.
"She's screaming again, 'Help. Help.' Lots of screaming."
"We hear somebody being thrown up against the fence."
"She's screaming like she's struggling, and I hear bottles breaking."
Assistant Prosecutor David Wood said Sanford was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted felonious assault in 2005 when he attacked another woman with a broomstick.