A Westmoreland County man Tuesday denied killing his girlfriend as he was led out of the police station.
Gregory Randall said, instead, that he loved Angela Cavalero.
"She was a nice person, but mean as hell," he told a KDKA-TV reporter.
He spoke hours after being arrested in Robinson and charged with criminal homicide.
Ms. Cavalero's body was found inside their home in Laurel Mountain about 10 p.m. Friday after family members asked police to check on her when they hadn't heard from her for several days.
When the first officer entered the residence, he found blood in the kitchen and the victim's body by a rear door.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers found several Band-Aid packages in the bathroom, the affidavit said.
"Leading from the area where the victim was found numerous blood drops were observed indicating that someone was injured and left the scene."
The day after Ms. Cavalero's body was found, a friend of Mr. Randall's told police he saw the man on the evening of May 3, and Mr. Randall had a large gash on one of his hands, and claims that a cat did it, the affidavit continued.
"The accused also told [his friend] that Angela would not leave the residence, and he wanted her to leave. The accused told [him] that he was afraid of losing control with Angela and he was afraid of what he might do to her."
Judy Fyock, a neighbor, told KDKA the couple had a "very tumultuous relationship.
"[Police] have been there for domestics, three or four times that I can think in the last year."
An autopsy showed Ms. Cavalero, 52, died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Mr. Randall was found in Robinson early Tuesday and taken into custody. He had injuries to both hands, police said.
Asked if he killed Ms. Cavalero, Mr. Randall at first said, "Hell no" and "heck no."
But then he continued, "I don't even remember. I don't know anything about it and I have to talk to an attorney first. I wish my condolences and sorrow and sympathy. And I'm very, very sorry. I did love Angela."
During a brief hearing before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, Mr. Randall called the public defender assisting him, Lisa Middleman, "a fox from heaven."
He also called the judge "handsome."
Judge Manning denied bond and immediately transferred Mr. Randall's custody to Ligonier police to be transported to Westmoreland County.
Paula Reed Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org. Molly Born contributed. First Published May 13, 2014 2:09 PM