Crime

Man charged with murder after wife found dead in Bradenton

MANATEE -- A Bradenton man was charged with murder in the death of his wife Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 11:45 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a "suspicious death" at a residence in the 2100 block of Harvard Avenue in the Bayshore Gardens neighborhood. They found Alisa June Hartmann, 38, dead, with "signs of trauma," the report states.

About 12:10 p.m., Nicholas Hartmann, 39, arrived at the scene and made comments about his wife's death. He was taken into custody and later charged with murder, according to the sheriff's office.

When he arrived at the house, Nicholas Hartmann was drinking a beer.

"We don’t know if he was intoxicated or not, but he was upset, obviously, and just made some spontaneous statements and we immediately at that time took him into custody because we had probable cause,"said sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow.

"We go on dozen of domestics each week, fortunately hardly any of them end up like this," she said.

The sheriff's office said letter that it deputies had not previously responded to domestic-related incident at the Hartmann's residence.

Officials were waiting for autopsy results, before releasing a cause of death.

The couple has two sons. Child protective services officials were caring for the children.

Deputies were called to the house after a woman whose children Alisa Hartmann babysits went to the house and found her in a bedroom.

Neighbors said the Hartmanns sometimes squabbled but nothing out of the ordinary. The family was generally friendly with their neighbors, and that Nicholas Hartmann was frequently in the yard barbecuing with his kids.

"I just can’t believe something like this would happen this close," said Merle Davis.

The investigation was continuing.

Alisa Hartmann's death is the 10th homicide this year in Manatee County.

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