LORAIN -- The Lorain man caught in Kentucky this summer after his girlfriend was found dead and dismembered in a plastic container at the Villas of Beau Monde apartment complex was in court Tuesday morning.
Albert Fine, 30, pleaded not guilty and no bond was set but a pre-trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 14, according to court records.
Fine has been charged with 17 counts, including murder, abuse of a corpse and theft in the death of Catherine Hoholski, 26.
Hoholski's parents reported her missing July 12 and her body, with the arms and legs cut off, was found Aug. 8 by police.
Fine and Hoholski had a daughter together, who was 5 months old at the time of Hoholski's death. U.S. Marshals arrested Fine in Lexington, Kentucky. He was then extradited back to Ohio.
In Lexington, a female friend, Merry Bennett, aka Merry Rivera, was with Fine and also taken into custody at the time.
Police did not believe she was a suspect, but they believed she may have had knowledge about the murder.
Lorain police, as well as U.S. Marshals, took Fine into police custody back in August in Lexington, Kentucky. Police say Fine had ties to the area and a tip led them there. Fine was taken in without incident.
Residents at the Villas of Beau Monde apartment complex in Lorain weren't entirely shocked to hear that a body was discovered in or around Building 2102.
Neighbors say for weeks there was a strong odor coming from inside the building. One woman says she reported the odor to maintenance and the building management.