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Sheriff: Bradenton murder suspect used baseball bat to kill his sleeping wife

MANATEE -- Nicholas Hartmann allegedly struck his wife repeatedly with an aluminum baseball bat Tuesday morning, resulting in the death of Alisa June Hartmann, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found the 38-year-old's body in her Bayshore Gardens Home Tuesday morning.

Nicholas Hartmann is charged with murder. He is being held at the Manatee County jail without bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit from the sheriff's office, Nicholas Hartmann arrived home from work at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. He allegedly approached his sleeping wife while armed with an aluminum baseball bat and struck the victim's head multiple times.

Hartmann left the scene and went back to work, detectives say.

The victim's body was discovered by an acquaintance who was dropping her children off for Alisa Hartmann to baby-sit, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies responded to the acquaintance's 911 call at about 11:45 a.m.

Hartmann was found dead in the master bedroom when deputies arrived.

During the initial investigation, deputies said, Nicholas Hartmann sped down the road and parked in front of the home on the 2100 block of Harvard Avenue.

According to the affidavit, Hartmann stepped out of the truck, beer in hand and said, "I did it. I want to die. Kill me now."

Hartmann was immediately taken into custody for questioning. After being read his Miranda rights, Hartmann said he had struck his "wife in the back of the head."

He also told deputies about his addictions to alcohol and drugs, according to the report.

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