Wellington murder case: suspect smokes cigarette before calling 911

Crime

New court documents detail the murder of a young Wellington mother and what the suspect did before calling 911.

Bradley Aue, 34, was charged on Thursday with second degree murder and second degree murder by reckless conduct in the death of Sierra Craft-McGee, 26.

Wellington police said they were dispatched to the couple’s home on the 1000 block of South F St. at 7:47 p.m. on May 24.

Crews said when they arrived on scene, they found Aue covered in blood and an older female outside the home. Court documents said the female told officers, “I don’t know if she is breathing.”

Officers, EMS and the fire chief found Craft-McGee inside the home, on the couch with extensive bleeding. 

The preliminary autopsy report said the victim suffered multiple blunt force injuries, a nasal fracture, multiple abrasions and contusions to the head, trunk and extremities; and sharp force injuries to the right arm with a transected artery and vein. 

The Sumner County District Court charging documents said a neighbor reported hearing shouting coming from Aue and Craft-McGee’s house around 6:30 p.m. The neighbor told police he heard a female voice yell, “Why would you do that to me?”

Another neighbor told police she heard a crashing sound around 7:15 p.m.

That same neighbor said Aue knocked on her front door around 7:50 p.m. and asked her to call 911. The neighbor reported Aue was covered in blood. She told officers she asked him what was going on and Brad told her to call 911 and said, “She is not okay, it’s not good.”

The neighbor’s surveillance system shows Aue walk up to the neighbor’s front door smoking a cigarette before asking her to call 911, according to the documents. The documents also said two cellphones were found at Aue’s home and it is unclear why the phones were not used to call 911.

EMS crews were unable to revive Craft-McGee. She died at the home.

Investigators noted in their report there was a large amount of blood on the bed, walls and floor and the west window was broken out with blood on it. Officers believe Aue threw Craft-McGee out the window.  

Craft-McGee’s sisters told KSN they were too shaken up to talk on camera on Thursday. However, on Wednesday they said there were signs of mistreatment.

“Her son’s father was already showing signs of aggressiveness. I actually pulled her away from that to where she spent, it was just me and her during her pregnancy. I took her to every single doctor’s appointment. I was the first person to hold my nephew,” said Craft-McGee’s sister Leah McGee.

McGee added her sister’s kindness may have gotten the best of her.

“I don’t want to say too kind, but her kindness and her forgiveness was too much,” Leah said. “If there was any type of altercation or anything like that she would just take punches and not ever punch back.” 

The Sumner County attorney said Aue’s charges could change if the KBI’s blood spatter reports show the incident was premeditated.

KSN asked Wellington police they have been called to the couple’s before. The police chief said he couldn’t comment.

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