A Missouri engineering student has been arrested for allegedly killing her fiance on Dec. 13, after initially telling police he had committed suicide.
Meghan Werner, 22, reportedly shot and killed Curt Marzolf, also an engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in their home in Rolla, Missouri, after what police say may have been a domestic dispute, KTVI reports.
"It’s a shame. He was supposed to graduate in a week," Police Chief Sean Fagan said. "He already had himself a full-time job as an engineer in Kansas City. It’s a tragic situation, the whole thing. This is tragic for both families."
Fagan added: "Neither of these young people, they’re both 22 years old, neither of them have ever been in any trouble and now their families are having to deal with [this] especially during the holiday season.”
Initially, Werner claimed Marzolf killed himself, but evidence suggesting otherwise prompted an investigation.
“There was food scattered all over the floor, a severely damaged laptop computer was found on the living room floor,” court documents state, reports The Rolla Daily News.
Police reported in a probable cause statement they noticed “a large amount of dried, smeared blood on her [Werner’s] lower left leg, which is believed to belong to the victim in this matter.”
Werner is now being held in the Phelps County Jail on a $1 million bail. She faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder, and armed criminal action, reports Waynesville Daily Guide. She pleaded not guilty on Dec. 15.
Many of the couple’s schoolmates are in mourning over the tragedy.
“On behalf of our entire university family, I extend my deepest sympathies to Curt’s family, loved ones and friends,” Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader said. “Our hearts go out to all who knew and loved him.”
The university is offering counseling services for those students affected by Marzolf's death.