Dayton man charged with strangling ex-girlfriend has bond set

Published: Saturday, August 05, 2017 @ 11:36 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

LISTEN: 911 Call released in Blanche Street homicide

UPDATE @ 11:36 a.m. (Aug. 15):

Keason Herron appeared in court for an arraignment on murder and other felony charges this morning.

Herron pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $1 million.

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UPDATE@2:40 p.m. (Aug. 10):

Keason Herron, accused of strangling his former girlfriend, was indicted Thursday on multiple charges including murder, reckless homicide and felonious assault. 

Herron is to be arraigned Aug. 15.

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UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Aug. 8): 

Bond was set at $1 million for Keason Herron at a bond hearing in Dayton Municipal Court on Tuesday. 

Herron is accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Leanette Newton. 

UPDATE @ 10:53 a.m. (Aug. 8):

Keason Herron, accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend last weekend, is expected to make his first appearance in court on multiple felony charges.

Herron is charged with reckless homicide, murder and felonious assault, according to court records.

His arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Dayton man allegedly strangled his ex-girlfriend in his Blanche Street home on Saturday. 

Keason K. Herron, 39, was arrested and charged with homicide and other counts, according to Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby. 

Herron called 911 to report that 37-year-old Leanette Newton was dead inside his house and that he had been trying to revive her. Officers were dispatched just before 10 a.m. Saturday, Gaby said. 

Herron was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, according to online jail records. 

“There was a relationship between them,” Gaby said Monday. “They did know each other.” 

Gaby said he didn’t know if there had been previous altercations between the suspect and victim. 

Herron has been arrested for domestic violence four times since 2003, the latest being in September 2016, according to jail records. Charges never went forward to prosecution after the domestic violence arrests.

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s office said Newton died from multiple blunt force injuries with strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide. 

In a rambling 6-minute call, Herron tells a dispatcher, “Please send somebody right now” to 849 Blanche St. “I didn’t even know she was dead. She was just sitting there.” 

About 35 seconds into the call, Herron started crying and got emotional as he said Newton was his ex-girlfriend who broke into his house the night before and that they got into a fight. 

“Help me, please,” he told the dispatcher, adding that he tried to administer CPR. “I don’t know what to do.” 

Herron said Newton didn’t respond to him and that she was cold: “I think she’s beyond help,” Herron said. “I told her to leave me alone. She wouldn’t. She’d keep coming over here to (mess) with me. Man, she ain’t supposed to die.”

Keason Herron (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

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