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Man shoots girlfriend to death after she rejects marriage proposal, police say

GREENSBURG, Ind.– An Indiana man is facing a murder charge after allegedly admitting to killing his girlfriend.

Jason Eaton, 43, walked into the Greensburg Police Department on Tuesday with a woman and asked to talk to an officer. He told the officer that he had killed his girlfriend, later identified as Wendy Sabatini, according to court documents.

Jason Eaton allegedly told police officers he shot his girlfriend in the back of the head after she rejected his marriage proposal. (Decatur County Prosecutor's Office)

Jason Eaton allegedly told police officers he shot his girlfriend in the back of the head after she rejected his marriage proposal. (Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office)

Officers were sent to their Greensburg home where Sabatini’s son, who thought his mother was at work, let them in. He had just arrived home from a school-related internship.

Sabatini’s body was found in a bedroom. Police said she died of an apparent gunshot wound to her head. A firearm was found in the bedroom and seized by officers.

Wendy Sabatini (Photo provided by family member)

Wendy Sabatini (Photo provided by family member)

Eaton was detained at the police station. He spoke with officers and said he approached her in the bedroom with an engagement ring to ask her to marry him.

She declined before he was able to ask.

Eaton said he then retrieved the gun from a nightstand and shot her in the head from behind, according to police. He eventually left the home and went to the home of the woman who accompanied him to the police department. He told her he “messed up” and said he thought he killed Sabatini.

In addition to the murder charge, Eaton faces a firearm sentencing enhancement.

This is Greensburg’s first murder of the year.