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Man accused of beating wife to death with baseball bat

Man accused of beating wife to death with baseball bat

POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 6:34pm

A Bradenton man is accused of with killing his wife by beating her to death with an aluminum baseball bat while she slept.

Nicholas Hartmann, 39, is charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife, 38-year-old Alisa Hartmann.

The couple has two boys, ages 8 and 15.

Hartmann was denied bond at his first court appearance Wednesday.

According to reports, deputies responded to the couple's home on Harvard Avenue shortly before noon Tuesday to investigate a report of a suspicious death.

A friend had stopped by to drop off her child for Mrs. Hartmann to watch and found her lifeless body in the bedroom.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hartmann killed his wife and "went about his work routine like nothing happened."

During the initial investigation, Hartmann then arrived at the house and made statements regarding his wife's death, according to the report.

The report states Hartmann "drove up to the scene at a high rate of speed, and jumped out of his vehicle with a beer in hand. He stated, I did it. I want to die. Kill me now."

Hartmann told deputies he struck his wife in the back of the head and that he has a bad drinking and drug addiction.

News of the murder shocked the couple's friends, Aaron Fisher and Heather Coleman. The two went to Bayshore High School with Nicholas and Alisa.

They say the Hartmanns were high school sweethearts, graduated in 1991 and married a few years later. They can't understand why this happened.

"Very unexpected, no warning signs, no, nothing to get your attention that something like this might happen," said Fisher.

They're also very worried about the couple's two boys.

"My focus is on her home and the children, her boys, they've got people that love them," Coleman said. "They can overcome this and get through this and somehow get through this and make sense of it all and not be angry."

Hartmann had no criminal record and the couple did not have a history of domestic violence.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Friday night in front of the couple's home.


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