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Mother of man charged with murder speaks

UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- The mother of a Union Township man who confessed to murdering his roommate said her son has never been violent in the past.

Phillip "Tony" Hamm called 911 Saturday morning and told the dispatcher he killed Meagan Fambry.

"Last night, well basically this morning, my roommate and I got into an argument. And I honestly lost my mind and I went off and I choked her and I killed her," Hamm said.

Hamm's mother said her son doesn't know why he killed Fambry.

"He's very remorseful," Melissa Hamm said from her home.

Hamm is trying to comes to terms with the fact that her son is now facing a murder charge.

"They are making it out that my son is an awful, awful person. And I know he committed this crime and I'm very sorry for the family. Meagan come to my house and I made friends with her," Hamm said.

Hamm told the 911 dispatcher he and Fambry went to a party in Covington and had an argument. He claimed he blacked out and grabbed her at the party. The two talked and the argument fizzled. But, when they arrived at their apartment in Union Township the argument started again. Hamm said he had been drinking.
"He said 'I don't know if I blacked out or what. He said she was yelling and screaming at me and hit me like usual and he said I don't know what happened mom, I just grabbed her," said Melissa Hamm as she recalled a conversation she had with her son from jail.

There's no evidence that Meagan Fambry hit Tony Hamm that morning.
Melissa said her son met Fambry through mutual friends last December and moved in with her 10 days later after her previous roommate moved out. Melissa said Tony was saving money for college and was an A student at Ripley High School. He appeared in a school musical and took part in the Marine ROTC program.
"I could never imagine somebody grabbing and killing my child. But Tony did not run he stayed there and accepted the fact of what he did," said Melissa Hamm.

Tony Hamm remains in the Clermont County Jail.

A visitation will be held for Meagan Fambry Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia. A funeral mass will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in Withamsville.



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