A 29-year-old Ionia man has been charged with murdering a …
Updated: Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012, 6:17 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012, 3:22 PM EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - There was a knock on the door of Dorothy Wilson's northeast-side Grand Rapids home around 3 a.m. Saturday.
On the other side of the door was her ex-boyfriend, Robert Munsell.
Bobby, as Wilson refers to him, was covered in blood.
"I was scared. I was freakin' out. I kept on asking him, 'Why you got all that blood on you?'"
Munsell, 29, told his ex the same story he originally told police dispatchers:
He claimed he fought with Erick Danielson, the ex husband of Munsell's on-again, off-again girlfriend Julie Danielson, at her home in Montcalm County's Pierson Township.
Munsell claimed he'd severely beaten Erick Danielson.
In 2011, Erick Danielson took out a Personal Protection Order against Munsell, claiming he'd threatened him and the twin boys he had with his ex-wife Julie.
But Montcalm County Sheriff William Barnwell told 24 Hour News 8 there is no evidence Erick Danielson was at Julie's home the night of the murder.
Authorities questioned Munsell at Wilson's house, but did not arrest him until he returned to the Montcalm County Sheriff's Department for more questioning.
Munsell would later admit he argued with Julie Danielson early Saturday morning, knocked her unconscious and slit her throat.
He told a Montcalm County sheriff's detective he hugged Danielson's body before leaving her house, which explains why he was covered in blood.
When the real story came out, Dorothy Wilson tried to keep one uneasy question at the back of her mind.
Could she have been the victim?
"I don't want to think that but, yeah, I do," Wilson told 24 Hour News 8.
Wilson and Munsell had been together from the time she was 16 until April 2011, when Wilson said Munsell began dating Julie Danielson.
The Wilson-Munsell relationship produced a son.
It also produced a 2008 court case in which Munsell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Dorothy Wilson was the victim.
"He left a bunch of bruises on me," she said. "And my brother's the one who called the cops on him. I wasn't gonna call the cops on him, because, of course, I was in love with him."
Wilson said the abuse stopped after the 2008 incident.
But if his confession is any indication, Munsell's abusive anger didn't go away.
"I wouldn't wish this on nobody," Wilson said, choking back tears. "Her sons have to grow up without a mom. And my son's gonna have to grow up without his dad."
Two funds for Danielson's twins have been set up.
One is through Flagstar Bank, where Julie Danielson used to be employed. Donations to the Danielson Children's Memorial Fund may be made at any Flagstar Bank branch.
Additionally, donations may be made to the Danielson Memorial Fund at any Huntington Bank branch.
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