HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A Holland-area man admitted to investigators that he repeatedly stabbed his wife with a kitchen knife, killing her, court records show.
Matthew Richard Hallacy was arraigned Wednesday morning on one count of open murder in the death of Quinn Hallacy. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
The stabbing happened Monday evening at the family’s home on 120th Avenue near Port Sheldon Street in Olive Township. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says the Hallacys argued and Matthew Hallacy stabbed his wife.
Their three children were in the home at the time, though none of them were harmed.
Two of the kids ran to a neighbor’s house, saying “that their father had just killed their mother,” a detective testified during a probable cause hearing Tuesday, according to court records.
The neighbor called 911. When deputies got to the home, Quinn Hallacy, 32, was dead.
“A large kitchen knife was located near the deceased female,” the detective testified.
Matthew Hallacy left the home with the third child but was soon arrested at a home in Holland.
“Mr. Hallacy … did have blood on his clothes … and lacerations on his hands,” the detective told the court.
“Matthew did tell me … he did stab Quinn Hallacy multiple times with a kitchen knife with the intent to kill her,” the detective’s testimony continued. “Matthew did admit to stabbing Quinn … on multiple areas of her body.”
Judge Juanita Bocanegra said Matthew Hallacy, 45, has three prior convictions as an adult. She didn’t list those convictions but said there were not violent offenses.
Bocanegra cited the seriousness of the charge against Hallacy in denying bond. She also ordered Hallacy not to have any contact with the children who witnessed the crime, including no written communication.
OTTAWA COUNTY SEES RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The sheriff’s office said the case is emblematic of a rising in domestic violence cases dating back to 2019, particularly in those involving strangulation. It said cases are on pace to increase again this year. In response, deputies have undergone special training to identify and document strangulation cases.
Authorities had no record of domestic violence in the Hallacy household. Monday’s murder was the first time deputies had ever been sent to the home.
That’s not uncommon, domestic violence experts say.
“Because abuse is about power and control,” said Megan Hennessey of Holland domestic violence outreach program Resilience. “It’s not always physical violence or threats.”
“A lot of times abusers will make sure that they have complete control of household finances. They will isolate their victim from their family and friends,” she explained.
She said awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence is key in working to stop it.
“The thing that kind of kept me up last night was the idea that this is preventable if we have a coordinated community response to where we’re seeing these warning signs,” Hennessey said.
Resilience has a 24-hour hotline at 1.800.848.5991 and a safe email address, GinnyP411@gmail.com, for people in need.