Wash. woman says she killed abusive husband with hammer

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Investigators believe a Vancouver man was beaten to death as he laid in bed and his wife has confessed to his murder, according to police.

Donna Williams called 911 on Wednesday and told dispatchers she had killed her husband of 30 years with a hammer about two weeks earlier.

Court documents obtained by KGW said that officers arrived to find Mark Williams' body in a back bedroom, covered with bloody sheets. They said blood was also spattered on the walls.

The declaration of probable cause document outlined an interview with Sgt. Kevin Allais, one of the officers who first went inside the home.  Allais said "the male on the bed appeared to have been struck numerous times in the head with a blunt object."

Allais also said that Donna had a black eye and told detectives her husband had punched her in the eye on Mother's Day, while he was high on cocaine. She told them that after the beating, her husband went to sleep and then the next morning, she got a hammer out of the garage and "beat him in the head with a hammer until he was dead."

The couple's home is located at 12216 NE 76th Street in Vancouver.  Police have not said if they seized a hammer as evidence.

Neighbors told KGW they had seen Donna with black eyes before and wondered if she was the victim of domestic violence.

Donna told police Mark had become increasingly abusive toward her and also smoked marijuana daily and often used cocaine.  She said she had confronted him about it, which led to the beating.

After questioning, Donna was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on 1st degree murder charges.

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