LIMA — A man with a violent past who police said confessed to killing a second person was indicted on the charge of aggravated murder with a repeat violent offender specification.
The indictment against Ross McWay, 37, was made a public record Monday after he was served with a copy. McWay is charged in the Jan. 15 killing of Wendy Jeffers inside her home at 1112 N. Main St.
McWay could be sentenced to life in prison, if convicted. He is being held in lieu of a $2.5 million bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Allen County Common Pleas Court, where he is expected to enter a not guilty plea.
Police officers found Jeffers’ body after her co-workers reported she didn’t show for work. McWay told investigators he strangled her and then drowned her when he noticed she still was breathing. He told a detective his actions occurred after an argument over the status of their relationship.
McWay was Jeffers’ ex-boyfriend and was just released from jail two days earlier after his acquittal on rape charges. Jeffers, 39, expressed concern to her co-workers about McWay in the days preceding her death, He had previously lived with her. She told them she ended the relationship and McWay was not happy about it.
McWay served 13 years in prison for killing a man in 2001. He and another man killed 21-year-old Jimmy Bunley. They shot at the car Bunley was driving causing him to crash. McWay and the other man then ran up to the car and shot Bunley six times. Bunley died from his injuries.
The rape case happened March 23. McWay met a woman with a history of drug abuse at a local bar. They went to an apartment where they had sex after the woman was unable to pay him for crack cocaine. The woman asked McWay to stop in the middle of sex to which he agreed. McWay kept after the woman for sex as payment for crack cocaine but the woman kept refusing and asked McWay to drive her home.
McWay, instead, drove the woman around and then to a dead-end street where the woman said she was raped. She said she did not want to have sex with McWay and told him no. A jury acquitted him of raping her.
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