Town and Country man accused of killing wife

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 5:30 PM

TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOV) – A Town and Country man is accused of murdering his wife at their home on Monday.

William Lynn Gunter, 59, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder of his wife, 55-year-old Suzanne Gunter.

Police said officers responded to the couple’s home in the 1500 block of Mason Hill around 3 p.m. Monday after being called by neighbors.

Upon their arrival, they found Suzanne Gunter severely injured on the main floor of the home.

She was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said William Gunter initially told officers it was accident. But autopsy results indicated she had suffered head trauma not consistent with the explanation and her death was classified as a homicide.

“Mrs. Gunter basically suffered severe head trauma with some broken bones, which caused her death,” said Lt. Tom Larkin with the bureau of crimes.

William Gunter was arrested Tuesday and taken to the St. Louis County Jail, where he remains without bail.

Initial court documents did not allege what William Gunter used to beat his wife.

Police said it’s the first murder investigation in Town and Country in about 10 years.

Suzanne Gunter, an active volunteer with the Town and Country community and Parkway School District, leaves behind two daughters who graduated from Parkway West High School

She was an avid tennis player and dog lover, according to her obituary.

Her funeral will be held Friday at the Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home in the 12000 block of Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur at 1 p.m.

Visitation will take place at the funeral home Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

 

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