VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON -- A 51-year-old woman has been charged with first degree murder after police say she admitted to killing her husband with a hammer and waiting two weeks to call 911.
On May 30, 2012, Donna Williams called 911 to report she had killed her husband with a hammer a couple of weeks ago, according to a probable cause affidavit. Williams allegedly told the 911 dispatcher that her husband’s body was still in the back bedroom of their home.
When investigators arrived at the scene, they reportedly found Williams smoking a cigarette outside. Police detained her after she turned to walk into the residence. Court documents revealed that police noted Williams had a black eye.
Inside the home, responding officers discovered the body of Mark Williams, 55, on the bed, covered with bed sheets.
According to the affidavit, Detective Sergeant Kevin Allais said there was a “significant quantity of red stains, consistent with blood stains,” and “numerous red stains on the walls consistent with blood spatter.” Allais also said the “male on the bed appeared to have been struck numerous times in the head with a blunt object.”
During the course of a police interview, police say Donna Williams stated that her husband had become increasingly abusive towards her over the course of their 30-year marriage. She described the abuse as primarily verbal, but she told investigators about one incident of physical abuse, according to court documents.
Police say Williams told them that her husband was a daily marijuana user who also frequently used cocaine. She said that on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, her husband came home and she could tell that he had been using cocaine so she confronted him, according to the affidavit.
She claimed her husband responded by “striking her in the left eye with his closed fist,” according to the affidavit. Her husband allegedly forced her to sit on the floor for an extended period of time. After he eventually allowed her to stand up, Williams allegedly told police she went to bed.
The following morning on May 14, Williams “became frustrated” when she looked in the mirror and saw the injury to her eye, she told police, according to the affidavit.
Williams reportedly stated that she went to the garage and grabbed a hammer. She allegedly walked back to the couple’s bedroom where her husband was still asleep and “struck him ‘three to four times in the head,’” according to the affidavit.
According to court documents, Williams allegedly told investigators that she believed her husband was still alive at that point because she could hear him struggling to breathe, saying, “’I just let him lie there and die.”
Police said Williams told them she walked to a convenience store, then came back home and went to the bedroom and found her husband “holding his head and still struggling to breathe.”
Williams allegedly told police she left the bedroom to retrieve the hammer, went back in and struck her husband in the head again. The probable cause affidavit stated that Williams told police her husband was no longer holding his head or struggling to breath.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office concluded that Mark Williams died of blunt-force trauma to the head. However, the coroner’s office has not yet determined how long the victim was dead prior to the discovery of his body.
"I don’t believe that my mother was a victim of abuse,” Rukiya Droste, Williams’ daughter told HLN's Nancy Grace. "I truly believe my mother was mentally disturbed."
Droste also told HLN, "What I did see was that my parents had a very toxic relationship. My mom a lot of the time was the aggressor. My dad was a very laid back guy.”
HLN reached out to Williams’ attorney, David Kurtz, for a comment, but calls were not immediately returned.
Donna Williams remains behind bars at the Clark County Jail with bail set at $750,000.
Hear the shocking 911 call tonight on Nancy Grace at 8 & 10 p.m. ET on HLN.