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Murder charge added against Ohio man in chase

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man has been charged with aggravated murder in the aftermath of a slow-speed chase on Cincinnati-area interstate highways in which police say he held a handgun to his head.

Court records Tuesday showed that bond on the new charge was set at $1.25 million in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

The suspect, Christopher McFerron, 44, initially faced charges including inducing panic after a chase that lasted more than an hour Saturday in the western Cincinnati area. Police said he ordered his wife out of the car on Interstate 74 and continued driving with a gun to his head, ingesting heroin before he was arrested. Sections of Interstate 275 were shut down in both directions during the chase at speeds as low as a few miles per hour.

McFerron was also accused of causing the death of Lockland businessman James Rolman, age 72, during a robbery. Police say Rolman was abducted just north of Cincinnati shortly after withdrawing $6,500 from his bank for his business payroll Friday.

"It was a normal routine for Mr. Rolman to go to the bank," Lockland Police Chief James Toles told WLWT-TV. Rolman was found dead in his car Saturday morning.

Toles said the two men knew each other, and that McFerron had sold scrap metal to Rolman's company.

McFerron was held after a Monday court appearance on the charges from the chase, and police charged him with murder later in the day.

Toles said police are still trying to determine whether another person was involved in the robbery and slaying.

No attorney was listed for McFerron.

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