Man’s marriage proposal ends in girlfriend’s murder

GREENSBURG, IN (WTHR) — A Greensburg, Indiana man is facing a murder charge after walking into the police station and admitting that he killed his girlfriend.

Jason Eaton, 43, has been charged with the murder of 44-year-old Wendy Sabatini.

On Tuesday evening, Greensburg Police say Eaton arrived at the police station and asked to speak with an officer. Eaton allegedly told officers that he had shot Sabatini after she refused an offer of marriage. Eaton told the officer that he “messed up” and thought he had killed Sabatini.

When police arrived at Sabatini’s home they found Sabatini’s son, who had arrived home from school and was eating dinner, thinking his mother was at work. Officers searched the home and found Sabatini dead in an upstairs bedroom from a single gunshot wound to the head.

“I’m devastated. Something like this doesn’t happen in our small town. The neighbors are numb,” Bonnie Koors told NBC affiliate WTHR-TV.

Sabatini was a mother of two and also a grandmother.

Eaton told police he had approached Sabatini with an engagement ring, but she said no before he could ask her to marry him. Eaton said he took a gun from the nightstand and moved behind Sabatini, who was sitting on the bed.

Eaton told police “the gun fired” and shot Sabatini in the head. He later surrendered at the police station.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Sabatini’s funeral. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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