- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man expressed sorrow that his live-in girlfriend was found bludgeoned to death, but stopped short of apologizing for the crime after a court appearance Tuesday, telling reporters he doesn’t remember killing her and doesn’t believe he would have.

Gregory Randall, 57, of Laughlintown, was arraigned at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh then transported to neighboring Westmoreland County where the charges were filed.

“I wish them my condolences and sorrow and sympathy, and I’m very, very sorry,” Randall said, referring to the family of Angela Cavalero, 52.

Authorities said Randall had lived with the woman before her body was found by police on Friday, after her family reported not hearing from her for several days.

Police immediately said they had a person of interest in the case, but refused to release his name until Tuesday, when they announced Randall had been charged with criminal homicide and first-degree murder.

District Attorney John Peck confirmed that police found Randall on Monday evening after receiving a tip from someone who had seen news coverage about Cavalero’s death. Randall agreed to be questioned and detectives charged him early Tuesday, Peck said.

A search warrant for the home indicates Westmoreland County detectives were looking for items “capable of inflicting blunt force trauma.” Among other things, detectives seized a hammer and a wine bottle from the residence Randall and Cavalero shared in Laurel Mountain, a tiny borough about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The county coroner has ruled Cavalero’s death a homicide, but has declined to release the specific cause of her death.

The search warrant and criminal complaint indicate detectives believe Randall killed the woman May 3, about six days before her body was found. The court documents indicate a blood trail inside the home, some adhesive bandages, and a wound a friend saw on Randall’s hand shortly after the killing led them to charge him, as well as statements he made to a friend.

Randall told the friend “he was afraid of losing control with Angela and he was afraid of what he might do to her,” the complaint said.

Handcuffed in the back of a police car, Randall said he loved Cavalero adding, “She was a nice person, but mean as hell. She was, she was, she was the beast. You know, she was mean, nasty, punched me in the face over 50 times.”

He was jailed without bond.

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