A New Castle man is being held without bond in the killing of a Youngstown woman.
Robert David Johns, 40, is in the Lawrence County jail charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death last week of Amanda C. Seman, 26.
He is accused of shooting Seman in the face, then dragging her body into a bedroom where he covered her head with a plastic bag and her body with a blanket and left her there for two days.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, Seman was discovered dead at Johns’ residence at 434 Falls Ave., Neshannock Township. Police found Seman’s body after her mother asked authorities Friday night to check Johns’ residence. She said she had not heard from her daughter since Tuesday and believed she was there.
Two Neshannock Township police officers went to the residence at 9:35 p.m. Friday and talked to Johns outside. When they asked about Seman, he told them he had shot her and her body was in an upstairs bedroom, according to court documents. Police found the body and arrested Johns.
The documents state that during an interview at the New Castle state police barracks, Johns said he and Seman were in an intimate relationship and that she was addicted to drugs. He said she often asked him for money and that on Wednesday evening she came to his home with a man and woman and wanted money. The two others eventually left, but Seman remained in the residence, Johns said.
Johns told police Seman kept demanding money and took his cell phone and would not give it back. He said they argued in a bathroom over the cell phone. He said he took a Glock pistol from his back pocket, pointed it at her and demanded she return the phone.
He told police she refused to give him the phone and lunged towards him. He said he pulled the trigger and shot her in the mouth and she collapsed to the floor, dead.
Johns said he then moved her body to the bedroom, cleaned blood from the bathroom and told no one of her death until police arrived Friday. She was pronounced dead by Lawrence County Deputy Coroner Richard Johnson.
Johns was arraigned Saturday before District Judge Scott A. McGrath on the two charges. A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4.