Daniel Barrett is charged with criminal homicide after he walked into police dept and confessed that he bludgeoned to death his Air Force veteran wife
Daniel Barrett, 40, allegedly battered to death his wife, Mary Barrett, during a row over infidelity on Saturday
Mary Barrett, 43, a US Air Force veteran, was found dead in the basement of her home in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, on Monday
Daniel allegedly was ‘Emotional and excited’ when he walked into a cop station and confessed to the murder of his wife of five years
He admitted to stabbing Mary with fireplace tongues and hitting her on the head with a fireplace poker after she admitted to cheating with another man
He then dragged the wife down to the basement and left her there to die for two days, before turning himself in to the police
A man from Plymouth, Pennsylvania has been charged with criminal homicide after he walked into a local police department and allegedly, confessed to stabbing and bludgeoning his wife with a fireplace poker, and then leaving her to die in the basement of their home for two days following an argument about infidelity.
According to Court papers Mary Barrett has a 14-year-old child with a man named Robert Atkinson.
On Saturday night her husband, Daniel Barrett, allegedly called Atkinson and told him that Mary cheated on him and she had been killed.
Barrett, 40, was described in charging documents as being ’emotional and excited’ when he walked into the Plymouth Police Department on Monday evening and admitted to brutally killing his wife, Mary Barrett, two days earlier for cheating on him.
Officers went to the couple’s restored colonial home in the 100 block of Gaylord Avenue and followed a trail of blood through the house and down into the cellar, where they discovered the 43-year-old victim’s lifeless body.
Mary Barret was reportedly, found lying on the floor with a hole in her skull. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was homicide.
The couple had been married for five years. Daniel Barret in his police interview told with investigators that he and Mary got into an argument on Saturday about her spending time with another man.
The dispute escalated when Daniel allegedly punched Mary in the face, after which he said he blacked out, reported Fox56.
He told police when he came to, he found himself standing over his wife holding a pair of fire tongs over his head, which he then used to strike her.
Daniel then grabbed a fireplace poker and proceeded to bludgeon Mary multiple times ‘before it became entangled with her body,’ according to the court documents.
That is when the 40-year-old allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim in the lower back.
Daniel said he went to splash water on his wife and heard a noise from Mary. After that, he dragged her down the stairs into the basement and left her there for dead.
According to the documents, Daniel did not go back into the basement until the following day to cover his dead wife with a sheet.
The husband told investigators between the time he killed his wife and the time he went to the police to surrender, he considered committing suicide but decided against it.
Daniel allegedly struck Mary, a US Air Force veteran, with a fireplace poker on the head and stabbed her with a knife .
He then dragged her body down the stairs into the couple’s basement and left her there to die. He covered her body with a sheet the next day.
Mary was in the US Air Force for 20 years and served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2014 and settling in Plymouth, where she took a job as a secretary for Plymouth Borough, reported The Citizens’ Voice.
In May 2015, Mary and Daniel got married. She leaves behind a 14-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Friends and neighbors described Mary as a kind and caring person, a great mother and a dedicated community servant: “She would do anything for anybody,” Councilman Bill Dixon said of the victim.
Daniel Barrett has been charged with the homicide of his late wife. He is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.