Arrest papers: Murder suspect tried to cover crime up by claiming fall in tub

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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A man accused of beating his fiancee to death allegedly tried to cover it up by saying she fell into the tub.

Donnell Bradley, 31, was arrested Friday, one day after Jeanette Ellingson, 29, was found dead inside a home on the southeast edge of Fountain.

Arrest papers obtained by 11 News say Ellingson took her 6-year-old daughter to school on the morning of Aug. 8. Fountain police officers and firefighters were called to the home just a few hours later on reports of a woman unconscious and not breathing. They arrived to find Ellingson dead with numerous traumatic injuries.

Bradley allegedly claimed Ellingson was complaining of not feeling well after dropping their daughter off and went to take a shower. Arrest papers say Bradley claimed to hear a loud crash coming from the bathroom, raced upstairs and found her face down in the tub.

But an autopsy Aug. 9 determined Ellingson's death was a homicide. Bradley was then arrested on first-degree murder charges.

The autopsy showed Ellingson died from blunt-force trauma and had a fractured skull, ribs and arms, and was covered in bruises.