Court documents show violent history between couple

David O'Donnell (source: Louisville Metro Police Department)
David O'Donnell (source: Louisville Metro Police Department)

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man accused of killing his wife in an east end hotel faced a judge Wednesday. David O'Donnell, 25, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old April O'Donnell. He also faces charges for domestic violence, violation of an emergency protection order, wanton endangerment and assault.

The list of charges is a long one, and court documents indicate O'Donnell's violent past is even longer. His wife, April, was found dead Monday morning in her hotel room at the InTown Suites off Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville. The coroner says she died after her throat was cut.

We checked into David O'Donnell's criminal record. On June 23, an arrest report states O'Donnell held his wife down on the bed, forced her arms behind her back and kicked her in the chest, face, and rib areas. A judge issued a domestic violence order and also required David O'Donnell to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

April's first complaint against her husband dates back almost three years, when she told a judge David pushed her on a bed really hard and then squeezed her between the door and the wall while she was four months pregnant.

In that case, a judge issued an emergency order of protection, which required O'Donnell to stay away. That order expired and the two were later married. So far, all we've heard from O'Donnell is through his lawyer who represented him Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.

O'Donnell's record dates back to 2003. He was found guilty of his first theft charge when he was only 18. O'Donnell is due in court later this month. A public defender will be appointed at that time.

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