Man arrested after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend to death with a shoelace

Clifton Ruggs was arrested after he allegedly killed his girlfriend
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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- A man was arrested after he allegedly killed his girlfriend between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

According the criminal complaint, Clifton Ruggs got into an argument with his girlfriend while he was at work.

According to police, the argument continued when Ruggs got home on the 700-block of Maryland Avenue. Both Ruggs and the victim where drinking during the argument.

According to the criminal complaint, Ruggs began choking the victim with a shoestring causing her death. Defensive wounds were observed on the victims body and scratch marks were observed on Ruggs' body.

According to police, the victim was identified as Crystal Stevens.

Ruggs has been charged first degree murder and is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.