STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - The man charged with the murder of a 31-year-old mother of twins pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Montcalm County Circuit Court.
Robert Munsell, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Julie Danielson. He also pleaded guilty to being a habitual offender.
Danielson was killed on Nov. 17, 2012, in her home on Whitefish Woods Driver in Pierson Township.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home after Munsell called 911 to report that an assault between him and Danielson’s ex-husband had occurred at the address.
But when deputies arrived, they found Danielson’s body and Munsell was gone.
Investigators contacted Munsell and asked him to come into the sheriff’s department for an interview.
Initially, Munsell denied any involvement in Danielson’s death. However, detectives said in court documents that he was evasive, his story was inconsistent and he was covered with a large amount of blood.
Munsell eventually confessed to killing Danielson. He said the two had gotten into an argument and Danielson tried to push him toward the door to force him to leave. He confessed that he slapped her, which caused her to fall to the floor and lose consciousness.
Munsell then told investigators that he panicked, ran to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and cut Danielson’s throat. He gave her a hug before he left the home, which resulted in the blood on his clothes.
Munsell was officially charged several days later, and in May, he was found competent to stand trial.
A sentencing date was not set for Munsell on Thursday.
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