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Macon County Murder Shines Light on Domestic Violence

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 02:53 PM CDT

After a Decatur man allegedly confesses to police that he beat and killed his girlfriend, we're now learning that he has a long history of accusations of domestic violence.
Court records confirm 64-year-old Eddie Sutters was scheduled to be in court yesterday following charges he physically abused the woman he is accused of killing -- Janice Cole.
Sutter is now charged with murder.
Police say he killed Cole by running her over with his SUV, twice, after beating her unconscious.

Teri Ducy  is the Domestic Violence Program Director at Dove, inc. in Decatur.

She says Macon county has the 2nd highest number of domestic violence cases in the state.
In the last year, there have already been 2 domestic violence related murders in Decatur.

"The basis of all domestic violence -- no matter what kind of abuse it is, whether it's physical, emotional, sexual -- is power and control. Everything is based on power and control. The alcohol and the drugs. The way people were raised. All of that contributes to it, but it does not cause it."

Sutters is behind bars on $1.5 million bond this morning.
If you think you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available-- you are not alone.

For more information on Dove, inc. call 217-423-2238

or contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE

Macon County Murder Shines Light on Domestic Violence

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