Michelle Dieterle, 27, had a male friend over last night. And about 4:30 am they were woken up. Dieterle’s estranged husband Ryan J. Dieterle, 27, showed up.
He told the boyfriend to leave, and the boyfriend left to find a phone and call 911. There was no sign of forced entry at the apartment. The other man called 911 and told them that he feared that Ryan might hurt the victim.
When police arrived, they found Michelle Dieterle dead from stab wounds. Ryan Dieterle was in the apartment, and he also had wounds to his neck. The other man was outside the apartment. Police believe that Dieterle killed his wife and that he received cuts to his neck and hands during the struggle. Dieterle was taken to the hospital for the wounds to his neck.
According to court records, Ryan Dieterle has been charged with domestic violence twice in the past. Once in 1998 and once in May 2006. In 1998 he was acquitted, and a temporary protection order was granted with the one from May.
Dieterle was the mother of two children, but they weren’t at home last night.
Dieterle has been charged with the violation of a temporary protection order and the case remains under investigation.
This was not Michelle Dieterle’s first brush with violence. Besides the domestic violence charges against her ex-husband, police say that in Dec. 2005, Michelle Dieterl had parked her car about 7:45 am at the Job and Family Services where she was employed. She got out of the car and went to pay for parking. She told police that a man with a shotgun then forced her back into her car. He made her drive to an ATM and withdraw some cash. Then allegedly he raped her.
The alleged assailant is still in jail. As she was the witness for the kidnapping and rape, this could put that case in jeopardy. Police do not believe the two crimes are related.
There isn’t much being said about her children. I don’t know where they were that night, or where they are now. And I don’t know if they were his kids or how old they are. They might regret not being there that night, but I am so glad they weren’t.
That is a lot of violence for one person to live through. And finally the ex-husband made sure she didn’t live through it. If police are correct and he received the cuts to his neck from a struggle with her, then she put up quite a fight. And a woman who has survived this much violence, must have been willing to fight for her life. It is sad that she didn’t win this time too.
You are going to get sick of hearing me say this. If there is domestic violence in your home, you need a safety plan. And if you have come to the point of filing for a protection order, you need to take steps to protect yourself. First of all would be to get yourself to a place of safety. Ad remain there until he is either in jail or at least has gone to trial. You may not feel that your partner or ex-partner would ever go this far. But you may only have one chance to find out. Many times we hear of the friends and neighbors describing the assailants as being nice. But if he/she is willing to violate a protective order, then it is very possible, even likely he/she will do violence again. Don’t take that chance.
Dieterle was treated and released from the hospital and taken to the jail for the charges of aggravated burglarly and violation of a protection order charges. They are now saying that his neck wounds were self inflicted.
Ryan Dieterle apparently let himself into the apartment.
Murder charges have not been filed against him as yet, but the investigation is continuing.
Prosecutor also says that they will be going forward on the rape case against Tyrone Franklin, the man accused of raping Michelle Dieterle in Dec. He says they have enough DNA evidence to go forward with the case, and will treat it as though they were prosecuting a murder. In a murder, the victim is not present for the trial.
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Ryan and Michelle Dieterle had only been married since May of last year.
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Allegedly, Dieterle climbed three balconies to reach her third story apartment. Once there he allegedly raped her then stabbed her to death.
Tyronne Franklin, the man charged with raping Michelle Dieterle in a December attack, is in court today on a competency hearing.