NEW INFO: Pike County IL man charged with Domestic Battery following death of a woman

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UPDATE - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 6:10am.

Court records show the suspect, 63 year old David Sampley has been charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, and Domestic Battery.

Records also show the victim, 61 year old Sharon Welch was strangled.

Sgt. Matt Frazier with the Pike County Sheriff Office says this is not the first time police responded to this home at 642 Clarksville Road in Pittsfield.

"The death was suspicious and the body is now undergoing toxicology and forensic testing to determine the cause."

Sgt. Frazier went on to say pending the results of the autopsy, further charges may be brought against Sampley.

Here's what's next... Sampley is due in court Thursday.

Right now, he's in Pike County jail without bond.



A Pike County, Illinois man is in jail on domestic battery charges following the death of a woman.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance Monday night around 7:00 at 600 Clarksville Road in Pittsfield.

They found 63 year old Sharon Welch unresponsive.

Welch was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

63 year old David Sampley was arrested as a person of interest, and subsequently charged with domestic battery.

He was taken to the Pike County Jail without bond.

An autopsy is planned for Welch Tuesday morning in Bloomington.

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