COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man beat his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat, strangled her and buried her before leading police to the woman's body days later, authorities said.
Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Ferrero killed his girlfriend Samantha Greenlee on Oct. 8, according to police. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1zlDSo2 ) the 22-year-old Greenlee was three months pregnant with Ferrero's child.
Ferrero told police he beat and strangled Greenlee, then buried her and burned the apartment they shared two days later. He confessed his involvement in the fire and Greenlee's killing late Tuesday night, and led police to her body near a church southeast of Columbus early Wednesday.
Ferrero, who has a tattoo on his chest reading "every path has a different outcome," was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated arson. He was scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court Thursday. No attorney was listed for him.
Ferrero initially told police the apartment fire started when a dog kicked a candle over. Officials then began questioning him when Greenlee's mother discovered on Oct. 14 that the couple's apartment had burned and Greenlee's car was still parked there.
Greenlee's family told the newspaper the couple's relationship was troubled, but that Greenlee was trying to make it work with Ferrero because of the baby.
"She was talking about baby names on Facebook," said Greenlee's cousin Stacee Sheridan. "She thought she was in love with him."
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com