ASHLAND - Arick Hlovac of Ashland has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, 33-year-old Charity Hlovac, at Stoney Creek Apartments Monday.
The 38-year-old is believed to have shot his wife twice in the head, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell told Ashland County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Forsthoefel during a bond setting hearing Tuesday.
After killing his wife, Hlovac then began firing into adjoining units in his apartment building at 230 Mathews Avenue, according to Tunnell.
When law enforcement officers arrived, Hlovac barricaded himself in his apartment for approximately two hours.
Since his arrest Monday, Hlovac has been causing disruptions in the Ashland County Jail, according to Tunnell.
Tunnell said the defendant was using a firearm under disability as Hlovac had been stripped his right to use such weapons after a 2002 conviction for intimidation of a victim or witness. Hlovac also has a prior felony conviction for receiving stolen property in 1998, a conviction for failure to appear in 2001 and a parole violation from the 2002 case.
Additionally, he has been charged in 30 different cases in Ashland Municipal Court, though not all of those cases resulted in convictions, Tunnell said.
Hlovac is known by law enforcement to abuse substances, Tunnell said.
Tunnell requested that bond be set at $500,000, and Judge Forsthoefel granted that request. Forsthoefel appointed attorney Bernard Davis of Mansfield to represent Hlovac in the case.
Hlovac remains in custody at the Ashland County Jail. His next court appearance is set for 3 p.m. on July 18.