INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - An Independence woman is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of her ex-husband.
32-year-old Hillary Hunziker is being held in the Buchanan County Jail.
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office said it happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at 1933 Henley Avenue northwest of Independence. According to a criminal complaint, a male child called the county communications center and said "my mom just stabbed my dad." A second call came in a short time later from Jason Hunziker who said, "my wife just stabbed me and took my child."
Deputies said they found Jason Hunziker dead in a bedroom in the house with laceration marks from a knife. There was also blood on the floor in the kitchen and leading out the front door.
Deputies found Hillary Hunziker with the child and her vehicle a short time later in Robins. They said Hillary Hunziker and the child were covered in blood and found a knife on Hillary Hunziker.
Deputies said Hillary Hunziker admitted she stabbed Jason Hunziker and that she had additional knives and razor blades on her husband and in her vehicle.
An ambulance took Hillary Hunziker to a hospital for treatment of a cut on her hand. Deputies said she told ambulance personnel she planned out this event by purchasing a knife from Walmart, wearing special black boots that were quiet, and by sneaking into Jason Hunziker's unlocked house after parking down the road from his residence to avoid detection.
The criminal complaint states around 9 p.m. on November 5, Hillary Hunziker gave her mother specific instructions on where to take the child should something happen to her and/or Jason Hunziker. Shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, Hillary Hunziker contacted her mother and told her mother she had done it and her mother needed to take the child per the instruction given on the previous evening.
When her mother asked what she had done, Hillary Hunziker simply responded, "artery."
Neighbors of Jason Hunziker said he was a devoted father and farmer. They say his son looked up to him, and wanted to be a farmer just like his dad.
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