Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dying Woman Reveals Attacker Was Estranged Husband

"HILLSBORO, OR — A 40-year-old woman died at her Hillsboro home Monday after police said she was violently attacked. Moments before she died, she managed to tell investigators that her estranged husband was the one who did it.

"Police believe Steven Givens, 45, attacked his estranged wife, Cindy Givens, and then fled in his pickup truck. He was found dead in that truck, along Highway 26, about 15 minutes later.

"Cindy called 911 herself for help, around 1 a.m., and said she was the victim of a domestic violence attack in front of her home. She died shortly after the responding officer arrived.

"Neighbors [said] Cindy had been stabbed to death.

"The couple's three children, ages 11, 16, and 17, were inside the home at the time but they did not see what happened. They were unharmed, police said, and were now in the care of relatives.

"Cindy had filed for divorce in February 2011 and also tried to get a restraining order against Steven.

"The home, located on 2241 NE Grant Street, was surrounded by crime tape Monday morning with investigators collecting evidence.

"Steven's body was found in a white pickup truck along Highway 26, east of Manning. Police have not said how he died.

"Steven had moved out of the family home and was living in Portland, police said.

"The murder has rattled the quiet, well-established neighborhood.

"`We were surprised, just totally shocked about what had happened,` said neighbor Connie Ethell. `It’s a sad thing because now with both parents gone, they left three children behind.`"


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