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911 call from Grafton Township homicide released


GRAFTON TWP. — Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer William Dembie Jr. called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and calmly confessed to Dispatcher Joy Sanchez that he had just killed his wife, Holly Dembie.

Listen to the 911 call:


In a recording of the call, released today by the sheriff’s office, William Dembie originally said there was a fight at the couple’s home at 14900 Cowley Road and when Sanchez asked him to clarify there had been a fight, he replied, “Uh, more like almost a beheading, yeah.”

Deputy County Coroner Eric Lockhart has said that the 33-year-old Holly Dembie wasn’t beheaded, but some of the multiple stab wounds on her body were in the neck area.

When Sanchez asked who he had killed, William Dembie replied, “My wife, my ex-wife,” before giving a little laugh.

William Dembie, 42, insisted that he wasn’t a threat to the deputies whom Sanchez had dispatched to the scene. He said he was in the kitchen and that Holly Dembie’s body was in the backyard, as was the Ka-Bar combat knife he used to kill her.

“I don’t have nothing. I’m not, I’m not dangerous. I just couldn’t deal with her shit anymore,” Dembie said.

Dembie also told Sanchez that he was alone at the house, except for his dog.

“Just take good care of my dog,” he said.

The couple’s 4-year-old son was at his mother-in-law’s, Dembie told Sanchez. He also said that while he’d had a few drinks, he wasn’t drunk.

Although Sanchez had asked Dembie to remain on the line, the call eventually went dead. Deputies have said Dembie met them at the house and confessed to killing his wife.

Dembie, who is being held in the Erie County Jail on a $5 million bond, has been charged with murder and domestic violence.

Read Saturday's Chronicle for more on this story.

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