Updated: April 24, 2013 6:13AM
A Lake Station man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with murder in the death of his wife last fall.
Troy Shawn Meyers, 45, who also uses the name Shawn Troy Powers, was charged in the death of Shannon Meyers.
Police and medics responded to the family’s apartment in the 400 block of East 28th Avenue at about 2:42 a.m. Sept. 10 and learned from Meyers that his wife had been drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day and started coughing up blood at about 2:30 a.m. that morning. Meyers told police his wife fell to the floor and stopped breathing, the probable cause affidavit states. She was pronounced dead at 4:05 a.m. at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
Witnesses told police the couple could be heard arguing and fighting two or three times a week and that they had a big fight three days before Shannon’s death. Witnesses reported hearing a thumping on the floor and Meyers yelling about Shannon cheating on him, then heard him yell at their baby to shut up. The fight was brief, unlike other disputes that witnesses reported hearing.
An autopsy showed Shannon Meyers suffered a massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage from a tear to her esophagus, a broken neck and blunt force injuries to the head and neck. She also had cirrhosis of the liver and a history of chronic alcoholism with seizure disorder. She had bruises all over her body, court records state.