Divorce leads to murder-suicide

Divorce leads to murder-suicide

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A long drawn out divorce ended Monday with a murder-suicide
Salt Lake City Police - file (ABC 4 News)
Salt Lake City Police - file (ABC 4 News)
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Police have ruled it a murder-suicide that took the lives of a former wife and husband.

“When police arrived on scene there was a female deceased in a vehicle and a male that was deceased from a self inflicted gunshot wound,” says Cody Lougy with Salt Lake police.

The woman was Debbie Eatchel who in 2007 filed for divorce against the man who shot her, Calvin Eatchel.
She was picking up her daughter from Eetchel at his Salt Lake City home.

“Calvin certainly hated Debbie,” says her attorney Orson West Jr. “He said she would never get a dime out of him."

West was Debbie's lawyer in the six year old divorce case. He says Calvin was reluctant to pay alimony. West says Debbie had a protective order against Calvin based on a previous domestic violence episode. But he says he never sensed it would lead to Monday's result.

“(Debbie was) not scared of him,” he says. “He was always argumentative and uncooperative. But I did not get the feeling she was afraid of him.”

On Facebook friends have been offering her family condolences. Her attorney says Debbie had been raising the children on her own without any financial support.

“We never know who's going to be a victim of domestic violence,” West says. She certainly was in this case and it's just a tragedy.

West says Debbie remarried July 1st. Her new husband is asking help to pay for expenses. Any donations are being accepted at the First National Bank near 400 South and 500 East. Donations are being accepted in the name of Debbie Eatchel or Debbie Vaughn.
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