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Update: St. Anselm Parishioner Charged in Killing of His Wife

William Lynn Gunter and Suzanne Gunter attended mass at the Creve Coeur church. Suzanne Gunter's funeral is scheduled to take place there Friday.

Updated 3:34 p.m. Wednesday following afternoon news conference

The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wednesday charged William Lynn Gunter, 59, with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Suzanne. He's being held without bond.

According to the St. Louis County Police department, which is now handling the investigation, Town and Country Police responded to the scene at 1515 Mason Hill Court Monday to an "accidental injury" call and found Suzanne Gunter lying in the foyer of the home near the front door.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Lt. Tom Larkin from the County Police said a neighbor called 911. Larkin said a forensic pathologist "almost immediately" determined that the cause of the injury was not how it had been presented to Town and Country Police, leading the case to be classified as a homicide.

Authorities allege Gunter struck his wife in the head with some sort of instrument available in the home. It is unclear if the authorities know what the instrument was or if it had been recovered.

Lt. Larkin said as they know it today, they are not able to find any history of violence in the family. He added that the couple's two daughter were not home at the time of the incident.

A neighbor told Patch.com that residents in the Mason Hill Court community where the Gunters lived said all the neighbors in the area had collectively decided not to discuss anything about the couple with the media.

Suzanne Gunter was 55 years old. She served as a member of the city of Town and Country's Community Relations Commission. According to his LinkedIn profile, William Gunter is a Vice President of AHM Financial Group, which is located just outside Westport Plaza near Maryland Heights.

Suzanne Gunter's obituary at Legacy.com indicates she was an active volunteer in the Parkway School Distict. A district spokeswoman couldn't immediately identify where she volunteered, but said the couple's youngest daughter graduated from Parkway West High School in 2010.

Arrangements for Suzanne Gunter are being handled by Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home in Creve Coeur, where visitation is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m Thursday. A funeral mass scheduled for Friday at St. Anselm Parish, where both were parishioners, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Patch Editors Frank Johnson and Joe Scott contributed information for this report

Pat Flynn March 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
What posible reason do you have for reporting him as a member of St. Anselm Church? Are you saying it is connected to the church, to catholics or what? Wow.. what a rediculous addition to a tragic report.
Scott Avery March 21, 2013 at 02:02 PM
It is not "rediculous". The report simply informs readers of a relevant aspect of the couple's connections and involvement in the community. Don't try to stir up more trouble than already exists, please.
Gregg Palermo March 21, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Pat, our mission at Patch is about local news, town by town. In no way does this suggest the church is involved with the tragic events. It does, however, tell people in Creve Coeur that our community has a tie, or a reason to take note of something which happened in Town and Country. Thanks for voicing your opinion.
Susan Moenkhaus March 21, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Four things to remember from Journalism 101: (1) Get out the grammar book. (2) Look up "lie" and "lay." (3) Use them correctly in a sentence. (4) Edit the sentence, "... found Suzanne Gunter laying in the foyer ..." unless she was actually producing an egg, which is highly improbable. You have a responsibility as a journalist to use correct grammar in your writing and your speaking. Don't contribute to the current deplorable state of English grammar. If you just copy/pasted from a police report you should have used quotation marks.
Vince LoPiccolo March 23, 2013 at 01:14 PM
First of all this is a very tragic event for a women to lose her life in such a needless act! Everyone should pray for her. The second needless act is tying this to anything else but the facts that caused the event. Putting the church in the header is another typical example of terrible journalism? Seems like the author of this story is a person who couldn't even get a job with the newspaper? Very very poor journalism! The author should be released!

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