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UNION TOWNSHIP — The Union Township man and Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School graduate who was arrested for the murder of his roommate was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury March 11 on charges of rape and murder.

Phillip Hamm, 21, and a 2011 graduate of RULH High School, called 9-1-1 hours after killing his roommate, Meagan Fambry, 20, the morning of Feb. 15, admitting to a dispatcher what he had done.

The Union Township Police Department found Fambry dead at approximately 10:45 a.m. that Saturday at the apartment the two shared in the Southwind Apartment complex in Union Township.

“This morning my roommate and I got in an argument and I honestly lost my mind and I went off and I choked her and I killed her,” Hamm said in his 9-1-1 call, now available to the public. “And it probably happened a few hours ago. Honestly, I don’t know what happened to myself. I really don’t.”

Hamm told dispatchers that he and Fambry attended a house party in Kentucky the night before, on Feb. 14, and that drinking and arguing led up to the incident, which occurred the following morning.

“At the party we had gotten into a little bit of an argument,” Hamm goes on to say in his 9-1-1 call. “And I know at that point I had been drinking a bit and I kind of blacked [out] and grabbed her. I came to and realized what I had done. I stayed away from her at the party for about a half an hour to 45 minutes.”

Although he stayed away from Fambry for portions of the party, Hamm claims the argument continued when the two roommates arrived home later that evening.

The murder occurred between 7:30 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

“I would have called sooner but I didn’t know what was going on in my mind,” Hamm told the dispatcher. “It’s not who I am.”

The 9-1-1 call lasted for over 10 minutes, with Hamm recounting his whereabouts since the night before and the dispatcher prompting him for more answers.

When asked if Hamm had a weapon in his apartment, he replied no. Hamm gave the same answer when law enforcement asked if CPR may still be able to help Fambry.

The dispatcher stayed with Hamm until police arrived, knocked on the door, and Hamm surrendered.

Hamm was arraigned in Clermont County court Monday, March 17, on one charge of murder. He entered a plea of not guilty.

According to court documents, Hamm was indicted on: one count Rape, one count Aggravated Murder, and one count Murder.

Hamm still sits in the Clermont County Jail as of Tuesday, March 25, on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to be in court for a pre-trial hearing 9 a.m. March 26.

His motive is still unclear. According to court documents, Hamm had no criminal history prior to this incident.

Fambry’s family has established the Meagan Fambry Memorial Fund at Fifth Third Bank to help pay for funeral expenses as well as an arts and photography scholarship in her honor.

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