Christmas for one Pennsylvania family will most likely never be the same. A 34-year-old mother of two children was killed on Christmas Eve, and police say the children’s father confessed to taking her life. Understandably, the man’s alleged confession provides a challenge for his criminal defense team.
Reports indicate that the father and mother argued at about 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and it purportedly escalated to the point where he struck her hard enough to knock her unconscious. Allegedly, once she was down, he used a knife to cut her throat and then grabbed an axe and used it on her head. He then supposedly cleaned up the scene and moved the body.
The next day, he apparently took his two children to their grandparents’ house. Reportedly, he contacted police from there to report that his wife was dead. A trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police went to his home and discovered the body. Within an hour, the husband was at the station allegedly confessing to the crime.
As the investigation into the incident continues, the man is facing charges in connection with her death. One thing everyone seems to agree upon is that the children were spared having to see any violence between their parents that night. Some are surprised by the charges because violence seemed out of character for the accused man.
Regardless of the fact that he allegedly confessed to the crime, he is still presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. His criminal defense team will review the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death and all of the contact he had with law enforcement thereafter, including the purported confession. From there, a course of action that best represents his interests can be ascertained and pursued.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Accused Ax Murderer Dustin Lee Klopp Confessed To Killing Wife On Christmas Eve, DA Says“, David Lohr, Dec. 29, 2014