Published on June 22, 2017
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A parolee who stuffed a woman’s body in a trunk in his apartment in March 2016 has pleaded guilty in a Weld County District Court.
David Wayne Batty, 53, of Greeley, pled guilty today to second-degree murder and now faces up to 48 years in the Department of Corrections.
According to prior court testimony in September, two parole officers searched Batty’s home on March 26, 2016 after he failed to show up for parole appointments and work. During that inspection, an officer found Tonya Webster’s body stuffed in a trunk.
Batty and Webster, 47, had been friends for several years before they became intimate, according to reports. Investigators said Batty killed her on a night she came over to his apartment for sex.
The autopsy showed Webster was strangled to death and later sodomized with a baseball bat. Additionally, she had a broken nose, bruises on the face, legs and chest and blunt force trauma.
Batty will be sentenced on 8/14 at 3:00 p.m.