Tiffin man admits killing two people

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By RYAN DUNN
STAFF WRITER

UPPER SANDUSKY — A rural Tiffin man has admitted fatally shooting his girlfriend and a man inside a Wyandot County sportsman’s club.

Richard L. Clark Jr., 65, pleaded guilty Monday in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court to two counts of aggravated murder, each an unclassified felony with a gun specification, Prosecutor Jonathan Miller said.

Clark admitted killing Roger Fredritz, 49, of rural Carey, and Cynthia Hawkinberry, 49, of rural Tiffin, on Nov. 1 inside the Carey Conservation and Sportsman’s Association clubhouse.

Clark was arrested there without incident shortly after the shootings, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of the shootings, Clark and Hawkinberry were engaged, according to their Facebook pages.

Prosecutors dismissed a third aggravated murder charge, accusing Clark of killing Hawkinberry while kidnapping her. Also dismissed was a kidnapping charge, and a felonious assault charge filed because a female bystander was hurt during the shootings.

Miller said the bystander consented to dismissing the assault charge.

Clark had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all counts. A mental evaluation later deemed him capable of standing trial.

Court records indicate that Monday’s plea hearing, which drew limited media coverage for a widely-publicized case, was held on short notice. Miller declined to comment about when Clark decided to change his plea.

Miller said a pre-sentence investigation will take place next. The prosecutor and defense will not jointly recommend a sentence, he said.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 7.

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