Judge sets bond at $1.5M for Nicolas Delaney, man charged in the death of Samantha Decker

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- A Fairfield judge set bond at $1.5 million for Nicolas Delaney, the man charged in the death of Fairfield mother Samantha Decker.

Officers said attorney David Washington accompanied Delaney when he turned himself at the police department headquarters at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Delaney, 28, faces a murder charge and is being held at the Butler County Jail.

A neighbor of Decker's said Delaney was never very friendly, and is still wondering how the quiet community was turned on its head.

"It's so freaky, it's unusual, when all the police were out here yesterday morning and so on," neighbor Paul Schwen said of the incident.

"He's ruined two lives," Schewn said. "What's going to happen to the little guy?"

His vehicle was recovered at about 9 a.m. on Van Kirk Avenue, near the intersection of 73rd Street in Carthage after police received a tip from the public.

Delaney is suspected of killing Decker, 24, early Thursday morning at the Villages of Wildwood Luxury Apartments on Wildwood Drive. The shooting happened at about 3:15 a.m., according to investigators.

Police said Delaney is Decker’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her child.

Schwen was awake at the time of the shooting, but said he heard and saw nothing.

Schwan was walking his dog just minutes before police say Decker was killed. He said he went back to bed, but was unaware of any gunshots in the complex.

"That's what is so amazing about the whole thing," Schwan said, "I understand there were multiple shots fired."

The Fairfield mom was pronounced dead inside her apartment.

Officer Doug Day said Delaney assaulted Decker in West Chester in 2012 and charges were pressed but later dropped. A restraining order was not issued.

Decker’s current boyfriend, Ian Myer, was with her when the shots were fired and placed the 911 call.

“Me and Samantha had been out,” Myer said. “We came home and found her baby daddy, the one shooting the gun in the house. We found him in the house, he surprised us and started shooting in the hallway.”

Myer said he and Decker had been out having a good time with friends at a bar.

“[Delaney] was already there when we got home and started shooting rounds in the house,” Myer said.

He told 911 dispatchers that he couldn’t count how many shots were fired, but it was more than five.

“It didn’t even sound like he was aiming,” Myer said.

When Delaney began shooting, Myer said he ran from the house and didn’t know whether Decker escaped or not.

Myer said he believed the child Decker and Delaney shared was not in the home at the time, but was staying with Decker’s mother.

Myer told dispatchers he has not had prior issues with Delaney.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

9 On Your Side's Jason Law contributed to this report

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