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

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman last fall in Fairfield, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

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 the indictment that was handed down last week but only made public after Cheong was taken into custody.

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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.

Cheong is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

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 on Oct. 1.

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.

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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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