A Missouri man was charged with murder Tuesday for allegedly killing his wife after a nonprofit group posted his bail in a domestic violence case, prosecutors said.
Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, several hours after he was released from jail on a domestic abuse case involving the woman.
Scott had been in jail for a misdemeanor domestic assault charge after he allegedly hit Johnson in the face and threatened to “finish what (he) started” in January. The St. Louis Bail Project posted his $5,000 bail on April 9, court documents obtained by The Associated Press stated.
Later that same night, Scott was said to have gone to Johnson’s home at around 7:45 p.m.
Several hours later, Johnson was rushed to a nearby hospital after a friend found her head and body bloodied. According to a probable cause statement, she was “unconscious, had a broken eye socket, several broken ribs, and was bruised from head to toe.”
Johnson died Sunday, five days after Scott's release.
Scott admitted he struck Johnson, police said.
A Missouri man was charged with murder Tuesday for allegedly killing his wife after a nonprofit group posted his bail in a domestic violence case, prosecutors say.