Earlier this spring, Casey Wright, 26, was earning champion ribbons riding her horse Duncan in shows around and throughout Oregon with the Rohan Equestrian team.
Last Saturday, Nov. 2, Wright’s passion for riding came to a tragic end.
At approximately 2:19 a.m., Wright’s estranged boyfriend Robert Cromwell, 32, checked himself into the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center with “superficial, self-inflicted wounds that were consistent with someone trying to commit suicide,” Springfield Police Sergeant David Lewis said.
During his interview with the McKenzie-Willamette medical personnel for his non-life-threatening injuries, Cromwell mentioned that he had killed his girlfriend earlier that night — which was why he had tried to kill himself.
From there, “they did a good job stalling him and calling us,” Lewis said of the hospital staff.
After obtaining Cromwell’s address, the Springfield Police Department followed up by performing a welfare check on Cromwell’s home, wherein they found Wright.
She was beaten to death in Cromwell’s bedroom with a baseball bat.
“We ultimately arrested Robert for her murder,” Lewis said.
According to The Register-Guard, Cromwell was officially charged with murder on Monday. Lewis expected his grand jury indictment to be passed down by Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, in some cases like this, trial can often take up to eight months, according to Lewis.
Prior to this, Wright and Cromwell had been together for two years, with a marriage proposal occurring at one point.
Cromwell’s public Facebook page has a picture of the two of them at a Ducks game.
But after a period of on-again, off-again engagements, “about two weeks ago, there was an incident at the residence where he flew into a rage, and she moved out,” Lewis said.
“Then, sometime before the murder, they had started talking again … and the night she was killed, they had been out on a date.”
When asked whether or not there was any indication that Cromwell would be capable of this kind of brutal act, Lewis quickly said, “Yes.”
“Actions that led up to their original breakup were consistent with this kind of thing,” he said. “Also, there was a previous relationship that (Cromwell) had had about four years prior where the woman got a restraining order against him.”
As stated in The Register-Guard:
In June 2009, a previous girlfriend who lived with Cromwell said in a restraining order petition that she feared for her safety.
She wrote that he was “on a rampage, damaging my children’s and my belongings, yelling, screaming, calling me names in front of my children, damaging my home. Threatened my life.”
“He shoved me and almost broke my wrist,” she wrote.
It’s probable that Wright was unaware of Cromwell’s history.
The Register-Guard reports her friends saying, “She was the kindest person.” As well as never having heard her say a bad thing about anyone.
In memorium, Janice Ketsche, a friend of Wright’s, has started a fundraiser at http://www.gofundme.com/Casey-Wright.
As stated on the website, “Casey was an avid equestrian who had big goals in the hunter world. She was meticulous in the care of her horses, especially her dear Duncan, who had surgery just before Casey’s untimely death. Donations are being accepted to defray the cost of Duncan’s surgery. Donations will also go to Womenspace, which works to help victims of domestic violence.”
As of Friday morning, the site had raised over $9,000.