Mankato woman arranged to have husband beaten with baseball bats

The only thing saving Stillwell's husband from an even worse beating was the presence of his children.
The only thing saving Stillwell's husband from an even worse beating was the presence of his children.

Ashley Stillwell and her husband Gary need some marriage therapy, to say the least.

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Stillwell, 24, admitted she arranged to have two men beat Gary with aluminum baseball bats following an argument over bills, proving once again that money is the root of all evil.

Questioned by police after the assailants played tee ball with her husband's body on January 8, Stillwell couldn't keep her story straight. She finally admitted to having "something to do with this."

The Mankato Free Press shares Stillwell's husband's version of events:

[Gary] and [Ashley] had an argument over bills and she left the residence. Some time later, she returned with two men in dark, hooded sweatshirts. Each man had an aluminum baseball bat.

The husband, Gary Stillwell, asked the men to leave but they refused, instead beginning an assault on him. During the assault, Gary Stillwill told authorities, he overheard his wife, who was holding one of their children, yell, "Not in front of my babies."

Gary Stillwell told authorities he was struck with a bat and kicked in the face, and struck with a bat four to five times at different places on his body. One of the children present confirmed their father was attacked by men wielding bats.

One of the assailants dropped a Jeep key on the floor of the Stilwell's residence, and authorities found the vehicle on a road nearby the home. Under questioning, Stillwell eventually admitted to asking the Jeep's owner and another man to adjust her husband's attitude with their best Barry Bonds impressions.

Stillwell has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. As of yesterday, neither of the hoodie-wearing hitmen had been identified.

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