An Indiana resident is facing murder charges after admitting to police that he killed his girlfriend.
Along with a female acquaintance, Jason Eaton, 43, was said to have walked into the Greensburg Police Department last Tuesday, October 25, to confess to the killing of his girlfriend, Wendy Sabatini, so claims FOX 43 News. According to documents related to the case, Eaton had become incensed after Sabatini allegedly rebuffed his marriage proposal earlier that day, and shot her in the back of the head as she walked away from him following his marital inquiry.
Police ultimately found Sabatini’s body in the bedroom of the home she shared with Eaton on the 900 block of East Washington Street after they were allowed into the residence by the deceased’s son, 18-year-old Lake Sabatini. Initially believing his mother to be at work, Lake, who had just returned home from a school-related internship program, was with officers when they made the grisly discovery.
“I was laying down when the police showed up and said that, ‘We got a call that there was a gunshot,'” he explained to FOX 43 on Sunday (October 30). “One of the officers said, ‘I know where your mom’s boyfriend is at,’ and I said, ‘He’s with you, isn’t he?’ and I instantly knew that he killed my mom.”
Law enforcement on the scene deduced that the elder Sabatini had died from a single gunshot wound to the head. They also uncovered the supposed firearm that had been used in the murder lying near the woman’s body.
The accused relayed to interrogating officers at the station that he had approached Sabatini in their bedroom with an engagement ring, and asked for her hand in marriage. According to Eaton, Wendy turned down his request before he even had a chance to complete his query. That is when, so says Eaton, he reached for the gun that was tucked inside of a nearby nightstand and shot Sabatini in the back of the skull.
He then departed the home and traveled to the residence of the female friend who accompanied him to Greensburg P.D., and told her that he had “messed up” by most likely killing Wendy.
Lake says that two hours before his mother’s death, he spoke to her on the phone as she prepared to start her shift at an auto plant in Decatur County. During the call, the teen claimed not to have picked up on any noticeable trouble from his mother, although he was aware of the fact that she had no interest in remarrying following two failed unions in the past.
“I already knew that she was gonna say no,” he remarked. “She just didn’t want to get married again. She was married before. She just didn’t want to go do that again.”
He additionally bemoaned his choice not to go check the upstairs bedroom where Sabatini’s body lied, expressing that the house looked “different” when he returned from his internship. However, he ignorantly brushed it off, believing it to be nonsensical.
“He had a rough past, but we didn’t care about that,” Lake said of his and Wendy’s previous thoughts of Eaton. “We loved him as he was and he treated us well. He was supposed to adopt me, to be my dad. I trusted him in every way and then, this happens.”
In addition to the charge of murder, the now-jailed Eaton is also facing a firearm sentencing enhancement for his crime. The late Sabatini, a known motorcycle enthusiast, will be laid to rest with a procession that includes a group of riders on Monday. A GoFundMe account to financially assist Luke and an unnamed sibling was set up last Friday.
[Featured Image by the Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office]