Police: Ohio Man Confessed To Killing Mother, Girlfriend While On Bath Salts

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) – Investigators say a central Ohio man now charged with murder confessed to fatally shooting his mother and girlfriend with a pistol at home while high on the drug known as bath salts.

Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville says other felony charges filed Thursday allege 31-year-old Travis Bonham, of Mount Vernon, took his mother’s pistol from her home and destroyed a cellphone after the slayings. Another charge alleges he was prohibited from having a weapon because of a prior domestic violence conviction.

Authorities say Bonham was arrested days after 50-year-old Sandra Stelk and 23-year-old Jaime Linn Barber were shot Sept. 29.

McConville says Bonham has a bond hearing Friday. He could face life in prison if convicted.