A man charged with murder and accused of strangling a woman Nov. 22 in Delaware County had a history of domestic violence with the victim and had just been sentenced to community control instead of prison 10 days previously.
Officials said Brandon T. Ivy, 27, called Powell police to report "an incident" at a friend's house just after 6 p.m. Nov. 22.
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said Ivy's information was "vague."
Deputies responded to the Bear Pointe Apartments on Bear Pointe Circle in Liberty Township and found the body of resident Stephanie L. Hunter, 53. The sheriff's office said she and Ivy had a history together, but did not elaborate.
Ivy was taken into custody Nov. 22 and charged with murder in Hunter's death.
Delaware County prosecutor Melissa Schiffel filed an indictment against Ivy on Nov. 27. Ivy is charged with two counts of murder, both carrying repeat violent offender specifications.
An autopsy confirmed strangulation as the cause of death, according to the prosecutor's office.
Ivy is being held at the Delaware County jail on a $2.5 million bond set in municipal court. An arraignment in common pleas court had not been scheduled as of Dec. 2.
Delaware County court records show Ivy has a violent history. Earlier this year, he was charged with kidnapping, violating a protection order and burglary. In 2018, he was charged with domestic violence.
Records show Ivy pleaded guilty Nov. 8 after plea negotiations to reduced charges of burglary and violating a protection order. Charges of assault and abduction were dismissed.
Judge David M. Gormley sentenced Ivy to community control, which is similar to probation, on Nov. 14. The sentencing included intensive supervision of Ivy's probation. Court records indicate that terms of his release might have included electronic monitoring, but it was unclear whether that had been imposed by his probation officer.
The judge also ordered him to keep a job and perform 40 hours of community service.
Court records indicate Ivy's most recent address was at the same apartment complex where Hunter lived and was found dead. Prior court records list him as living in the Olde Towne East neighborhood of Columbus.
In a news release, the sheriff's office included phone numbers for help in escaping domestic-violence situations: the National Domestic Violence hotline at 800-799-7233 or, in Delaware County, the Turning Point shelter at 800-232-6505.