A 49-year-old Cowley woman was murdered on Thursday. Authorities say Carol J. Barnes of Cowley was stabbed to death by her ex-husband, Donald J. Crouse, at his apartment in Lovell. In the week leading up to the murder, Crouse, 48, reportedly wrote notes saying that it was his “mission” to kill his former wife and that he’d “backed out” of earlier plans to kill her. Charging documents allege that Crouse confessed to the murder in a handwritten note found at the crime scene, to another man and to Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents after he was arrested in Mills on Friday. Crouse has been charged with first-degree — that is, premeditated — murder, which is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, if prosecutors choose to...
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