Mankato woman arranged to have husband beaten with baseball bats

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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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13 comments
ahugginkiss
ahugginkiss

ALWAYS use a good wooden bat. That irritating "ping" sound reeks of amateurism.

Lonna DenDooven
Lonna DenDooven

"Adjust her husband's attitude with their best Barry Bonds impressions."

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

You identify the victim in these cases?

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

I don't know what that means, or what "Mankato" has to do with it. As far as I know, the protocol for CityPages and most other news orgs is to not name the victim. Did the fact that the victim is a dude in this case play some part in naming him?

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

You know, you don't HAVE to post every random, pointless thought that goes through your brain.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mitchell39 those aren't hicks, those are urban dwellers. Hicks are like you, infiltrating uptown hoping to aqcuire some culture. 

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Yes. Stupid. That must be it.

I know what I'm talking about, as I have been in the business for 25 years and have dealt with this stuff first hand, professionally, many times. Most publications that have a policy against naming victims don't do it unless they themselves get the victim's permission. They don't just slap names into stories with no further reporting simply because someone else published the name.

And in any case, speaking of stupid, Internet-commenter-person, there's no indication that the victim in this case gave ANYONE permission to use his name. The Free Press quotes "authorities" who quoted the victim, not the victim himself. Where did you get "he told them they could identify him as the source?"

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mitchell39 Read the article stupid.  "The Mankato Free Press SHARES STILLWELL'S HUSBAND'S version of events."  He told them they could identify him as the source and the victim.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Yeah, I know what Mankato is. Mostly, it's a college town, and I have several friends there who are far from hicks. And there are plenty of hicks in Minneapolis - like my former neighbors in hip, cosmopolitan uptown who kept vicious dogs and sat drinking beer and watching their pre-teen kids set off fireworks in their front yards in the middle of the day.

Whether another publication outs a victim is usually beside the point.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mitchell39 pulled from above: "The Mankato Free Press shares Stillwell's husband's version of events:"


Mankato is a city, in the sticks, full of hicks

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