Arrest papers: Manitou Springs murder suspect confessed crime over Facebook

Police at the murder scene on June 20, 2020.
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man accused of killing his wife allegedly Facebooked someone to reveal the crime.

Arrest papers obtained Monday say someone who knew William Weaver, 49, called Manitou Springs police Saturday morning after receiving several social media messages confessing to murdering his wife. Weaver allegedly told the person over Facebook he was getting ready to turn himself in.

Officers went to the address provided by the person who received Weaver's message, the 10 block of Fountain Place, where they found blood smeared on the door and a broken window. After announcing themselves and getting no response, one of the officers looked through the window and saw a woman's body with a bloody knife lying next to her.

The suspect then walked out of the apartment and allegedly told officers "he was not going to give them any trouble," according to the arrest affidavit.

The affidavit states Weaver confessed to officers he assaulted his wife during a drunken argument on June 19.

Warning: The below excerpt from the arrest affidavit contains disturbing details.

"She laughed in his face. The laughing and taunting provoked him to strike her, and a physical altercation ensued. He stated, 'It started to get pretty ugly then.'

Weaver stated he slapped [the victim] a few times. He then 'attempted to choke her to death with my hands, but I was drunk, so it wasn't very effective. I almost did it.'

He subsequently went to a kitchen drawer, where he obtained a kitchen knife. He encountered [the victim] in the dining room. She taunted him that he wasn't going to stab her. Weaver described slashing [the victim] across the forearms."

The affidavit says Weaver continued to stab his wife, eventually killing her.

"In a fit of rage I murdered my wife ... I didn't mean to," the affidavit says Weaver stated. He allegedly claimed he "got tired of her ridiculing me."

Police said there was a history of domestic violence at the address.

Weaver faces charges of first-degree murder.

The victim has been identified as Wendy Cupit.

The family of Cupit provided the following statement:
"The family of Wendy Cupit is grieving deeply over the loss of our loved one. We have lost her tragically to a brutal crime of domestic violence. We would like the public to know how much we appreciate the extraordinary showing of support we have received as a result of losing her this tragic way. We are grateful for the thoughts and prayer we have received. As this matter is still under active investigation, the family has no further comment at this time."

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, TESSA of Colorado Springs has a 24-hour crisis line at 719-633-3819.