A Michigan jury heard a man accused of killing and cutting up his girlfriend describe the dismemberment in great detail on Tuesday.
William H. Dhondt, 29, allegedly killed his girlfriend, Kaitlin Hehir after an argument in February 2012.
During the trial’s first full day of testimony, jurors heard a police interview with Dhondt in which he said he “sliced and diced” 29-year-old Hehir in his Farmington home “like she was a pot roast or some s---.”
Dhondt claims Hehir was angry with him because she had to leave a party to pick him up from work. At home, he heard her vomiting and brought her a glass of water. He says that’s when she kicked him in the genitals.
“I f-----’ laid her out,” Dhodt told investigators.
He claims he thought he killed her “on one shot,” but then he “chocked her, to make sure.”
“She cracked her head on the dresser, and she was out, and that’s where I freaked out. I didn’t know where this was going to end, and I was an idiot. I let her lay there for a while, tried to think it through … Then my mind went off — ‘Let’s get rid of it.’ … I took care of that and went to bed. I woke up, said ‘That’s not going to work,’ so I skinned her. Removed flesh.”
Dhondt, who at one point described Hehir as “an abusive bitch," now says “I regret it so much I don’t really care what happens."
During his confession he told authorities he thought about it for two hours before he decided to dismember her and explained where they could find the parts.
During Dhondt’s arraignment last year Farmington Police Detective Andrew Morche described a horrific struggle.
"The defendant described hitting Kaitlin in the face with a glass cup, causing her to hit her head on a dresser and fall to the ground. The defendant got on top of Kaitlin and hit her multiple times in the face with his fist, causing her to bleed from the nose and mouth,” Morche said. “The defendant slammed Kaitlin's head into the floor repeatedly, causing her to bleed form her head. The defendants then used his hands to strangle Kaitlin to death while she struggled and fought for her life."
The defense argues there was no premeditation.
"When you hear the testimony, zero in on intent to kill and premeditation ... this entire ordeal happened in four to five minutes not a long time," Dhondt's attorney, Judith Gracey, said in her opening statement Monday. "There was no plan. If there was, it wasn't a very good one. He panicked."
“That’s what sucks is it was probably four minutes of the worst thing that ever happened to me,” Dhondt said.