For David George and Sarah Hartsfield, the initial eight months of 2018 were set apart by death and annihilation. His long-term accomplice kicked the bucket. She lethally shot her life partner. His home was consumed.
By the late spring of 2019, George, 59, and Hartsfield, 48, were hitched, and she had been freed from her previous life partner’s killing. George was Hartsfield’s fourth spouse.
It was only months after the passing of her fifth spouse in Texas recently that authorities in Minnesota resumed their examinations concerning the fire and the demise of George’s accomplice.
In February, Hartsfield was prosecuted on a homicide charge in the passing of her better half. She is being held instead of $4.5 million bail in Chambers Region, Texas, and has argued not blameworthy to the homicide allegation.
The examinations in Falcon Curve, Minnesota, northwest of Minneapolis, are dynamic once more “considering new data,” Todd Region Sheriff Michael Allen said in a proclamation “Dateline.”
No charges have been recorded. The sheriff said his office is rethinking Jan. 31, 2018, passing of Rebecca Kunze, 62, and the fire precisely seven months after the fact at the home of George, her long-lasting accomplice.
Allen declined to give extra subtleties.
The examiner in neighboring Douglas District said in February that his office was reevaluating the killing of Hartsfield’s life partner after specialists recently resolved it was a demonstration of self-protection and support.
In an instant message to “Dateline” from prison, Hartsfield denied the charge and said she “never gave George any sort of weapon ever.”
No unambiguous responses to death
Becky Kunze was the most seasoned kin of five in an affectionate family that experienced childhood in the Minneapolis region, her sibling said. She met David George at a portable hearing assistant organization where she was a salesman and he was a bookkeeper, Dana Kunze said. They got together in the last part of the 1980s or the mid-’90s, he said.
While Becky Kunze was working at a private home for individuals with disabilities thirty years prior, a patient pushed her down a stairway, causing a crushed spirit and long stretches of medical issues, her sibling said.
For a period, Becky Kunze smoked cigarettes and took torment medication to adapt to the injury, even though after her passing, she had stopped smoking and for the most part weaned herself from the prescription, he said. A couple of years prior, she had a heart valve medical procedure and related inconveniences that were subsequently settled, Dana Kunze said.
“She was living with it fine and dandy,” he said.
To Dana Kunze, the subtleties of his sister’s passing have stayed obscure, and he said George never furnished the family with unmistakable responses.
Ryan Donohue, one of Hartsfield’s kids who lived with her while she was hitched to George, reviewed George expressing that upon the arrival of her demise, Becky Kunze “had been only shouting the entire day and gave herself a respiratory failure.”
“He recounted that story to everybody,” Donohue said.
After his sister’s passing, Dana Kunze said his family felt surged. In practically no time, she’d been incinerated, every last bit of her assets had been given and help was held in a spot that felt more like a confined carport than a congregation, Dana Kunze said.
Becky Kunze’s family upheld her incineration and didn’t demand a dissection, her sibling said.
“I had a discussion with one of my sisters who said, ‘All I needed was one of her sweaters so I could get her fragrance once more,'” Dana Kunze said. “There was nothing.”
“I for one felt bulldozed, and I never figured it out,” he said.
Hartsfield kills her life partner
On May 9, 2018, approximately three months after Becky Kunze’s passing, Sarah Hartsfield lethally shot her one-time life partner in the enormous home they had moved to from Texas months prior.
George told “Dateline” this week he conveyed propane to the house and had seen Hartsfield once before David Bragg was killed. He and Hartsfield met a while later, George said.
In a somewhat redacted “call for administration” report about the occurrence from the Douglas Province Sheriff’s Office, five individuals are recorded — Hartsfield, then known as Sarah Donohue; her lethally injured life partner; an ex who was visiting at that point; her most established little girl in Texas; and George.
On Aug. 31, 2018, not long from now before George moved in with Hartsfield and her kids, the home where he had resided with Becky Kunze disintegrated. George said he and Hartsfield were in Texas at that point.
The reason for the fire is hazy. A concise episode report from the Todd Region Sheriff’s Office said it broke out around 5:20 p.m. What’s more, groups from three nearby offices answered. It was smothered five hours after the fact, and the house was a complete misfortune, the report says.
George’s child, David George Jr., announced the blast to specialists. Endeavors to contact him for input were ineffective.
Among the things lost in the fire-related accident, Dana Kunze said, was something his family had recently asked George for his sister’s remains.
The family had intended to put them at Post Snelling Public Graveyard with their mom, he said.
Affirmed murder plot
Around two years after they were hitched, George was embroiled in the supposed homicide plot involving Hartsfield’s third spouse, Christopher Donohue.
Christopher Donohue said in the security request sworn statement recorded in 2021 that George let him know Hartsfield had been pushing him for quite a long time to kill Donohue’s new spouse.
She’d given George a gun to complete the demonstration and wouldn’t allow him to get back home until he’d done as such, George expressed, as indicated by the sworn statement.
At a certain point, George ventured out to Arizona and conveyed blossoms to Christopher Donohue without distinguishing himself or his justification for being there, as per the oath.
George told “Dateline” this week that he didn’t have the firearm with him when he went to the entryway and that he in no way wanted to proceed with the supposed plot.
He said he “trusted Sarah Jean would wake up and realize that wouldn’t occur.”
No charges were documented, a police representative in Sierra Vista, Arizona, has said.
Hartsfield sought legal separation from George on April 1, 2021, four days before Christopher Donohue recorded the sworn statement itemizing the supposed plot.
“I got singed,” George said. “I got singed hard.”