Man calls police, admits to killing ex-wife

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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Authorities are investigating an apparent murder case, after a man called them, confessing to killing his ex-wife.

It allegedly happened at the Apple Tree Apartments near 600 South, 600 East.

It is a tragic case residents of the apartments say they never expected.

“I think he snapped,” said Lauren Osborne, the woman’s former back-door neighbor.

Osborne says neighbors have seen Gerlach’s ex-husband stop by before but never thought anything of it. It was not until Brigham City emergency crews showed up, Wednesday, that they realized something was wrong.

“You’d think you would hear screaming or anything, but we didn’t hear anything, and that’s kind of the weird thing about the situation,” Osborne explained.

It all started when police received a highly unusual call — a man letting them know he had just killed someone.

“Just very nonchalant right at that moment… said very little,” explained acting Chief of Police for Brigham City, Michael Nelsen.

Authorities rushed to the scene and found Gerlach stabbed to death in the living room area of her apartment. They also found the couple’s 15 month-old daughter asleep in a room nearby.

Nelsen says the incident caught everyone off guard because Gerlach’s ex — 19 year-old Spencer Gerlach — has no recorded history of domestic violence.

“We have not had a sign of that — never a call of even a verbal argument,” he explained.

Osborne says the apparent murder seems out of sorts to her as well and suspects there is more to this act of violence than investigators are aware of.

“Usually, it does get worse over time. Unfortunately, I know that firsthand,” she explained.

Court documents indicate the young couple’s divorce was finalized only a month ago, and that is about how long the woman has lived at the Apple Tree Apartments.

Although the victim’s acquaintances knew her only briefly, they say it is a tragic loss to the community.

“Everybody’ who’s experienced domestic violence — if they are now or have — they need to get help, because we don’t want to see this happen again to anybody,” Osborne said.

People living in the area say they feel safe knowing Spencer Gerlach is behind bars, facing first-degree murder charges.

As for the baby, she is with family, who is currently working to find her a home.

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