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William Stringer Charged in Shooting Death of Neighbor

In a bizarre killing, William Stringer has been charged in connection to the shooting death of a neighbor.

William Stringer, 75, claims the killing was in self-defense against an intruder. He told police that he shot and killed his 47 year-old neighbor Alan Farringer. Stringer then dug a grave behind the house and called a neighbor to help him move the body, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

When authorities arrived at Stringer's Mt. Washington, Ohio home, they found Farringer shot to death behind the residence.

In addition, dirt lay piled next to a hole, apparently intended to be a grave. As a result, William Stringer has been charged in connection to the shooting death of his neighbor.

The extent of the relationship between Stringer and Farringer is not clear. However, the 75-year-old man sometimes allowed Farringer to cut the grass of a home he had owned for more than a decade.

Officials say Alan Farringer battled bipolar disorder for 12 years. Earlier this year, Farringer was found mentally ill and didn't stand trial in a menacing and stalking case involving WLWT television reporter Alison Montoya.

According to neighbors who did not want to be identified, William Stringer had been behaving strangely during recent months after the home next to him was set on fire and the shed on his property was burned.

Stringer also was living in a van on the property because his house had been foreclosed and the utilities cut.

Stringer was arrested but has not been charged with killing Farringer.

Stringer was ordered to be held on a $251,000 bond on charges he tampered with evidence and abused a corpse.

In general, a bond is a written guarantee that the full bail amount will be paid in the event that the suspect fails to appear as promised.

A bond is usually obtained through a bail bond agency that typically charges a fee in exchange for posting of the bond (usually about ten percent of the bail amount).

Bail bond agencies may also demand additional collateral before posting a bond, as the agency will be responsible for paying the full bail if the suspect "jumps bail" and fails to appear as promised.