A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, charged with murdering his wife by cutting her throat in a hotel room.
Members of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force arrested David O’Donnell without incident Tuesday morning, just about 24 hours after police began searching for him.
Just after 7 a.m. Monday, 21-year-old April O’Donnell was found dead in a hotel room she’d been staying in at the InTown Suites, 4604 Wattbourne Lane off Hurstbourne Parkway near Watterson Trail.
Sam Weakley, a deputy Jefferson County coroner, said a Tuesday autopsy showed she died after her throat was cut.
David O’Donnell, 25, had been married to his wife for about two years, according to court records. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of fourth-degree assault and wanton endangerment.
Louisville Metro Police added a murder charge Monday night and he was arrested about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on Beulah Church Road without incident.
O’Donnell had an active protective order issued against him, barring him from having any unlawful contact with his wife. That means the couple could be together, but police would have more leverage if any illegal activity was taking place, said Officer Carey Klain, a police spokeswoman.
In the order, it alleged that O’Donnell had assaulted his wife in June and had an alcohol and drug abuse problem.
After the June assault, an emergency protective order barring him from any contact was issued, court records show.
But in July, a less restrictive order was issued. That order required David O’Donnell to attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings four times a week.
The couple has a 2-year-old son, who is in the custody of David O’Donnell’s parents, according to court records.
O’Donnell is being held at Metro Corrections with no bond, pending an arraignment Wednesday morning.