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February 28, 2013

Man charged with strangling, dismembering girlfriend in Farmington home

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

A man believed to have strangled and then mutilated the body of his girlfriend was formally charged with one count of first-degree premeditated murder Feb. 26.

William Dhondt, 28, is accused of killing 29-year-old Kaitlin Hehir in their home in the 23800 block of Colchester. Police say Dhondt reported the woman missing, but when authorities searched the home, bloody plastic signaled foul play.

According to Detective Andrew Morche’s swear-to during the video arraignment held at the 45-A District Court Feb. 26, Dhondt told authorities during questioning that he had hit his girlfriend and slammed her head into the floor during an argument that turned violent. Dhondt reportedly confessed that he then strangled her to death.

Dhondt then allegedly dragged her body down to the basement of their home and dismembered her. Police reportedly found her remains in various locations throughout the house.

A not guilty plea was entered on Dhondt’s behalf, and Judge James Wittenberg ordered no bond be given. Dhondt has requested a court-appointed attorney and remains in the Oakland County Jail.

According to a press release issued by the Farmington Public Safety Department, officers first responded to the home for the missing woman at 10 p.m. Feb. 23. The boyfriend allegedly told officers that she had been missing since 12:30 a.m. Feb. 22, when she left to go to a party, and had not returned.

Farmington Public Safety Director Robert Schulz said friends of the victim said she left the party that night to go pick her boyfriend up from work.

Officers checked the home as part of the investigation, he added, and when they found what appeared to be plastic with human blood, Dhondt was detained for questioning.

This is Farmington’s first homicide since 2005.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.