Trisha Sadler’s murder ‘devastating,’ advocates for domestic violence victims say

By JD Malone

June 22, 2011

The brutal murder of 29-year-old Trisha Sadler, who police believe was killed and dismembered by her boyfriend, William J. Ward, sparked anger and sadness among domestic violence advocates…

…Sadler told her co-worker, Crystal Van Gorden just days before her death, police said, to call police if anything ever happened to her. Police said Sadler told Van Gorden about Ward’s martial arts knowledge, that he abused her and that she planned to leave him.

Van Gorden contacted police Friday, according to court papers, after Sadler missed two days of work at Wells Fargo…

…Police swarmed Sadler’s home in the 1800 block of Cloverdale Road and after a six-hour standoff carried Ward from the home.

Sadler was stabbed to death, dismembered and placed into heavy duty trash bags, police said…

…Ward, 45, was on probation at the time of his arrest Friday, for an aggravated assault conviction from the 1980s. Police said he has a number of assault and other convictions on his rap sheet from the same time period. The mother of his child, who he lost a custody battle for earlier this year, filed for protection from abuse in Lehigh County in 2009, according to court papers.

“It is the same old story,” Markow said. “Prior offenses. Prior assaults. Prior PFAs. It’s the same old story.”…

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