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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Milford police arrested a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend with an axe on Tuesday night.
Police revealed they received a 911 call from the victim’s 17-year-old child stating that his mother was being assaulted by a man inside their home on Salem Walk.
When officers arrived, they located 40-year-old Julie Minogue dead inside the home.
Milford police said the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Ewen DeWitt, had fled the scene before they arrived. Police believe DeWitt used an axe during the attack.
Milford axe murderer suspect had two restraining orders against him
In court documents, a neighbor provided Ring camera video to police of a man resembling the description of DeWitt walking towards the home with an axe. When inside the house, investigators located an axe near Minogue.
Milford police said Minogue’s younger child, a 3-year-old, was home at the time of the incident but was unharmed.
The victim’s teenage son told police he had stayed home sick from school that day and went to bed early. He woke up to hear his mother screaming, and when he went downstairs, he saw DeWitt and his mother on the ground.
He told police DeWitt said to him, “She didn’t want to believe me.”
Minogue’s son then ran upstairs and called 911 before jumping out of his bedroom window and locating police outside.
According to court documents, around 10 p.m., DeWitt’s mother contacted Milford police and stated, “My son just called us and said he killed his girlfriend.” Around an hour later, officers were told that DeWitt had left Dive Bar in West Haven and was last seen entering a trailer parked on Ocean Avenue.
Officers were able to enter the trailer and take DeWitt into custody.
DeWitt was charged with murder, criminal violation of a protective order, criminal violation of a restraining order, risk of injury, and reckless endangerment.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of death was chopped wounds and blunt impact to her head, torso, and extremities. The manner of death is homicide.
According to police, Minogue had filed a restraining order against DeWitt in 2019 and had most recently filed a restraining order against him on December 1, 2022. The restraining order protected her and other “minor children.”
The most recent restraining order granted a full no-contact against DeWitt following a complaint that he had sent Minogue harassing text messages.
Police confirmed to News 8 that DeWitt and Minogue were in a prior dating relationship.
DeWitt was held on a $5 million bond and appeared in court for his arraignment on Wednesday.
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