Theodis Keys, 33, charged with a single count of murder, was dressed in dark blue jail garb as he appeared on the video feed.
Four of his family members approached Sandusky Municipal Court Judge Erich O'Brien's bench as he read the single charge and explained to Keys that he needed to obtain an attorney and set Keys bond at $1 million
Keys is accused of killing 33-year-old Lorie Miller on Wednesday sometime before 1:20 p.m., when her sons got home from school and found her body lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom.
A neighbor had heard Keys and Miller arguing at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
A few hours after the discovery of Miller's body, Keys turned himself in at the Erie County Sheriff's Office and asked for an attorney.
Because Keys did not have an attorney, O'Brien scheduled another hearing for next Thursday, when Keys will likely enter a not guilty plea to the charge.
Police said Miller suffered multiple stab wounds. Her body was taken for an autopsy by Lucas County coroners.
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