Hlovac arraignment

Arick Hlovac sits beside his attorney, Bernard Davis, in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Friday. 

ASHLAND - Appearing before judge Ronald Forsthoefel in in Ashland County Common Pleas Court Friday, Arick Hlovac pleaded not guilty to murder. 

Hlovac, 38, is accused of shooting his wife, 33-year-old Charity Hlovac, twice in the head in their Ashland apartment early Monday. He faces one unclassified murder charge by complaint but has not yet been indicted by a grand jury. 

After the alleged murder, officials say, the defendant fired several shots into adjoining apartment units and then barricaded himself in Unit A at 230 Mathews Avenue in the Stoney Creek apartment complex before surrendering to law enforcement. 

Hlovac appeared agitated in court Tuesday but seemed calmer Friday. He remained quiet and entered the not guilty plea through his attorney, Bernard Davis.  

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At the bond setting Tuesday, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said Hlovac had been disruptive in the Ashland County Jail since his arrest Monday. Tunnell also said Hlovac was known by law enforcement to have abused drugs. 

Forsthoefel scheduled Holovac's next court appearance for 3 p.m. July 24. That appearance will be either a preliminary hearing or, if a grand jury indictment has been filed by that time, an arraignment on the indictment.