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Man arrested, charged in Fairfield woman’s shooting death last fall

Katherine Lobono Woman Killed
Posted at 3:05 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 15:05:10-04

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman last fall in Fairfield, according to U.S. Marshals.

Kirby Cheong, 30, of Summit Point Drive in Miamisburg, was booked into the Butler County Jail about 11:10 a.m. Thursday after his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team. He is charged with murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence, according to jail records.

The U.S. Marshals, with assistance from the Fairfield Police Department, developed information Cheong was in the 9600 block of Summit Point Drive and he was arrested without incident.

Katherine Lobono, 23, died of multiple gunshot wounds and suffered other injuries, including ligature marks on her neck, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office report.

Lobono was discovered dead lying on the floor of her apartment at the Villages of Wildwood off Ross Road in Fairfield by friends who were dog-sitting, according to a 911 call. Her death happened at about 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, according to the autopsy report obtained by the Journal-News.

Lobono suffered three gunshot wounds. A bullet and bullet jackets were recovered from the body. One bullet exited the body.

A seven-inch ligature mark was found on Lobono’s neck during the autopsy.

Lobono had a “possible bite mark” on her right forearm and multiple contusions and abrasions on her right knee, according to Uptegrove.

Blood and a shell casing were found at the scene, according to the 911 call.

Search warrants were served in the case, then filed and sealed by court order, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Office in October.

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