Trial begins Jan. 10 for Independence woman accused of killing ex-husband

Hillary Hunziker pleads not guilty to first-degree murder charge

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INDEPENDENCE — A woman accused of killing her ex-husband pleaded not guilty Tuesday and her first-degree murder trial was set to begin Jan. 10 in Buchanan County District Court.

Hillary L. Hunziker, 32, of Independence, remains in jail on $1 million bail.

A criminal complaint shows the Buchanan County Communication Center received a 911 call at 4:34 a.m. Nov. 6 from a child who told dispatchers, “My mom just stabbed my dad.”

Before first responders arrived, Jason A. Hunziker called the communication center and reported, “My wife just stabbed me and took my child.”

Hillary and Jason Hunziker were divorced in May 2011, according to court documents.

When Buchanan County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Jason Hunziker’s home, 1933 Henley Ave., in Independence, they found him dead in a bedroom with “large lacerations” to his left arm and left calf. Authorities said the wounds appeared to be from a knife or “other bladed device.” Deputies also saw blood on the doorway exiting the front of the home and a large amount of blood on the kitchen floor.

Hillary Hunziker, her vehicle and the child who reported the stabbing were found a short time later in Robins, according to court documents. Hunziker, according to court records, previously resided in Robins.

Authorities said Hunziker and the child were covered in blood and a knife and razor blades were found on her and other knives were recovered from the vehicle. Police also said Hunziker admitted to stabbing her ex-husband.

While being taken to a hospital for a cut to her hand, Hunziker told ambulance personnel that she had previously purchased the knife used in the attack at Walmart, wore “special black boots” that were quiet and sneaked into Jason Hunziker’s house after parking down the street, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint shows investigators also learned that the night before the fatal attack, Hunziker gave her mother instructions on what to do with her child in case something happened to her or her ex-husband. Shortly before 6 a.m., Hunziker told her mother “she had done it” and that she needed to take her child. When her mother asked her what she had done, Hunziker responded, “artery,” authorities said.

If convicted, she faces mandatory life in prison without parole.

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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