Murder of Angie Lee by Anthony A. Ashby highlighted on Murder In The Heartland 

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Anthony A. Ashby was convicted of murdering Angie Lee. Pic credit: stock image 

Murder In The Heartland is featuring the murder of Angie Lee by Anthony A. Ashby, which took place at her home in East Gillespie, Ohio.

On the night of July 30, 2003, officers were dispatched to a residence after receiving a 911 call. When they arrived on the scene, they found Lee’s body on the floor of the dining room area. 

She was lying in a pool of blood with injuries to her head and neck. An autopsy later determined that Lee had been beaten and strangled to death.

Her boyfriend, who made the 911 call, told police officials that he returned to the house around 9 p.m. after working overtime and found her dead.

He also discovered Lee’s 4-year-old son in the home, watching television in the bedroom. 

He was uninjured. 

Police were suspicious of Angie Lee’s boyfriend and ex-boyfriend

Investigators became suspicious of his story after learning that he had never worked overtime before that day. 

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After his job confirmed that he was at work around the time Lee would have been killed, investigators began to look elsewhere—Lee’s ex-boyfriend.

Lee, it appears, would return to him whenever she and her boyfriend had a falling out.

But he had an alibi. He was at a party, and a polygraph test and the statements from other partygoers proved he was telling the truth.

Investigators then spoke with Lee’s son, whom they believe witnessed the murder. He told them that a man had attacked his mother.

After the killing, they believe he fled through a nearby parking lot after finding a balloon string similar to those found in Lee’s garage.

They also found a glove and other evidence in a ditch nearby.

A neighbor said he saw Lee outside mowing the grass around 5 p.m., and her son was nearby, but he never saw a man or anything suspicious.

Police arrest Anthony A. Ashby three years after Angie Lee’s murder

Despite their findings, Lee’s murder remained unsolved for three years until a maintenance worker helped investigators track down her killer. 

In May 2007, police officials arrested Ashby, who was married at the time. He was booked into the Macoupin County Jail on murder charges.

The following month, Ashby pleaded not guilty.

In November 2008, a judge sentenced Ashby to 33 years in prison with credit for 500 days served.

Murder In The Heartland airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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6 months ago

The Town is not in Ohio, but in Illinois

Eric Drumpfydrump
Eric Drumpfydrump
6 months ago
Reply to  Jennifer

No , the murder happened in Ohio . Do you think that there are no cities in the U.S. with the same name , in different States ? Look at a map , read an article , Google the murder , do it all before you prove to everyone how stupid and ignorant you are .

6 months ago

LOL @Eric… take your own advice because it was 100% in Illinois, not Ohio. This was my friend’s cousin and my father worked for the Macoupin CO police department… Did you google? 🤦🏼‍♀️I however, will not call you stupid and ignorant as you do others. Angie Lee was in E. Gillespie, IL.

3 months ago

This was definitely in IL because we are friends with the Macoupin County Sherriff Shawn Kahl that was in charge of her murder and speaks in this episode. I googled Gillispie, OH and can’t find anything.

Last edited 3 months ago by SJS
6 months ago

The City is East Liverpool , Ohio . The murder , investigation , and trial , all in East Liverpool , Ohio . Read an article , watch the episode , get a f*cking life .

Erich O.
Erich O.
2 months ago
Reply to  God

It was in Illinois. I lived & worked (in Law Enforcement) in the area. I personally know the Sheriff, where this geographically occurred, as well as some people with personal/professional knowledge of the case. “Get a…life.”

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