By Associated Press - Monday, September 14, 2020

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A woman was arrested and remained jailed this week in Washington state after police believe she killed her longtime husband by running him over with her car, authorities said.

Diane Kay Thompson, 63, faces second-degree murder charges in the death of David Alfred Thompson, 64, The Daily Herald reported. The couple was married for 45 years and had five daughters together.

The couple had previously acknowledged in 2018 that their relationship had deteriorated, domestic violence court records said. The wife alleged a long history of abuse, citing her husband’s three past arrests for domestic violence assault in 1998, 2002 and 2018. The husband denied physically hurting her.

“We have not shared the same bedroom for some time and essentially try to avoid each other as much as possible,” David Thompson said in the records.

He later filed for divorce and withdrew the case a few months later, writing that they had reconciled the relationship and “no longer want to move forward with a divorce.”

According to a police report, David Thompson was intoxicated and arguing with his wife Sept. 4 around 6 p.m. Another family member heard them leave the house, still arguing before the woman left in her car and the man was seen on the ground not moving, authorities said.

David Thompson died at the scene, authorities said. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said the cause of death is under investigation.

Detective David Fontenot said that the wife was found at her mother’s house, and her car had damage consistent with hitting a person. Diane Thompson was then arrested. Her bail is set at $200,000.

A defense attorney is seeking to reduce bail. A hearing has been set for Tuesday.

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