CROWN POINT | Prosecutors on Friday charged a Lake Station man with murder in the death of his wife in September.
Shannon Meyers, of the 400 block of East 28th Avenue, died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head and body, including a massive hemorrhage from a lacerated esophagus and a broken neck, court records state.
The woman's husband, Troy Shawn Meyers, also known as Shawn Troy Powers, told police the couple had been drinking throughout the day. His wife began spitting up blood about 2:30 a.m., he said.
However, witnesses reported the woman spitting up blood three days prior to police and emergency medical personnel responding to the couple's home about 2:42 a.m. Sept. 10.
Witnesses told police the couple fought on average about two to three times a week, with the most recent fight three days prior to the woman's death.
Troy Meyers was reported being heard chasing the woman and beating her head on the floor until the woman cried out, according to court records.
Witnesses reported hearing a short fight the same night or early morning of Sept. 10 when an ambulance was called to the couple's home.
A relative of the woman told authorities that since the woman was with Meyers, the woman always showed signs of battery, including a black eye and choke marks around the neck, court records state.
Meyers, 45, later admitted to police his wife had not been able to stand for two days prior to calling for medical help and not eaten for three days.
Meyers claimed the woman had fallen several times before she started to mumble and bleed from the mouth, court records state.
He denied the couple fought physically and seldom verbally.
Admitting to a fight three days before the woman's death, Meyers told police his wife "got mad because he took the beer out of the refrigerator and she attacked him and he walked outside with the beer and held the door so she could not harm him, anymore."
Autopsy reports show the woman had bruises all over her body, and her throat was torn, causing her to inhale blood before her death, court records state.