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Clermont County man charged in estranged wife’s murder

Judge sets $1M cash bond
Posted at 10:47 AM, Oct 24, 2019

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A judge set a $1 million cash bond Thursday for a man charged with the murder of his estranged wife after she refused to get back together with him, according to Clermont County officials.

Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting at a Spotswood Common residence Wednesday at approximately 9 p.m., according to court documents.

At the scene, Union Township officers discovered 55-year-old Jeanette Hayes had been shot, and she later died of her injuries.

Witnesses identified the suspect as her estranged husband, 55-year-old James Hayes. The Clermont County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the pair separated about three weeks ago, and Jeanette had indicated she did not want to get back together.

Hayes had fled the scene after the shooting, and police took him into custody “without incident” in Pierce Township, according to a news release.

Hayes was held in the Clermont County jail and was charged with murder. Lt. Scott Blankenship said the shooting is still under investigation.