Husband pleads guilty to murder of former IU cheerleader, sentenced to 60 years

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William Lynn Gunter

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Oct. 21, 2014)– The husband of a former Indiana University cheerleader pleaded guilty to her murder on Monday.

William Lynn Gunter, 59, entered a guilty plea to second degree murder in the death of Suzanne Gunter, 55. He now faces 60 years in prison.

The Gunters lived in Town and Country, Mo., near St. Louis. Suzanne died on March 18, 2013.

Town and Country police said neighbors were called to the house by the husband, who claimed his wife had fallen down the stairs and was injured.

Police were dispatched to the home around 3:00 p.m. and found her severely injured.  She was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.

An autopsy indicated Gunter’s injuries were not consistent with the report given to police. She suffered a head trauma, and authorities alleged Suzanne was hit by her husband.

Suzanne Gunter

Suzanne Gunter

Suzanne, also known as Suzy, was well-known and liked by her friends and colleagues. She graduated from IU in 1980 and from North Central High School in 1976.

Gigi Larmour-Goldin, who cheered with Suzy at IU, spoke to FOX59 after Suzanne’s death in 2013.

“Everyone that I spoke to in the last few days all said the same thing: she was a beautiful person. She always had a sparkle in her eye, always smiling,” said Lamour-Goldin.

“It’s just an awful situation,” Larmour-Goldin continued. “We’re all just very sad about this and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”