Union Gap Man Who Killed Fiancé Charged With Murder
A 37-year-old man from Union Gap who authorities say killed a woman after a domestic dispute in his vehicle last month was charged with second-degree murder during an appearance in Yakima County Superior Court Thursday. Union Gap Police say Christopher Havins is responsible for the death of 39-year-old Nicole Haggerty. According to a witness the two were fighting in a vehicle in the 1800 block of Rainier Place near Valley Mall in Union Gap on May 17 when Haggerty was ejected from the vehicle, dragged and eventually run over. Haggerty died at a Yakima hospital.
After the murder Havins fled the scene and was found the next day
Along with the second-degree murder charge Havins also faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, hit-and-run, vehicular homicide and fourth-degree assault-domestic violence.
After the murder Havins fled the scene. The next day Union Gap Officers with the help of Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office found Havins at home on Leisure Hills Drive in Union Gap where he was arrested without any problems. Several hours after the arrest authorities found Havin's vehicle described as a white 2006 Chrysler Sebring. The vehicle was found in an orchard near 4900 Konnowac Pass Road.
Havins is being held in the Yakima County jail
He's being held in the Yakima County jail. His bail is set at $1 million. Authorities say the two were engaged to be married before Haggerty died.
Many women and men are victims of domestic violence
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence "on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, that equates to more than 10 million women and men."