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'I beat the hell out of her:' Mason County man arrested in wife's homicide after 911 call

A husband admitted to 911 operators that he beat his wife so badly that she died over the course of a few days. (Photo: KOMO News)

COLLINS LAKE, Wash. - A husband admitted to 911 operators that he beat his wife so badly that she died over the course of a few days.

This happen near Collins Lake in Mason County.

Stuart and Donna Sullivan only moved in there a few months ago from Vancouver, Wash. Neighbors said they didn't really know the couple and they definitely didn't know what had happened.

"It's deplorable," said neighbor Nick Henslee.

Detectives were going through the mobile home and yard Wednesday picking up all the evidence they can of what happened there late Tuesday night. But the strongest piece of evidence came from a 911 call from Sullivan where he said about his wife, "I beat the hell out of her a couple of days ago and I think she just died."

Sullivan went before a judge Wednesday morning. The 56-year-old is accused of first degree murder.

The prosecutor said it was because of what he called "extreme indifference to human life."

When the 911 operator asked what Sullivan had used to beat his wife he said, "Everything I suppose. She got beat up bad."

"This circumstance to me is that it's an absolute tragedy," said Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury. "And depending on how the investigation plays out we'll know more about the time span, the time link on that."

But, the sheriff said it appears she may have died a slow death over the last few days.

"That's even worse," said Henslee. "If you love someone you should never hurt them and to actually hurt someone that bad..."

Sullivan said little in court. Investigators said there is no clear motive yet.

Sullivan was ordered held in jail on $500,000 bail. He will be back in court June 25 for his arraignment.

No word yet on any services for his wife Donna.


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