West Slope man charged with murder
An El Dorado County man was charged Wednesday with the murder of a couple visiting his estranged wife.
Michael Hull, 48, of Cedar Grove, Calif., a community nine miles east of Placerville, will be arraigned June 5 on five felony counts that include double murder with a handgun, burglary, threats and cutting phone lines.
His arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday, but Hull’s court-appointed defense attorney asked a judge to push it back until next week so he can review police reports.
Gary Lacy, El Dorado County district attorney, said the crimes can be punished with life in prison or the death penalty upon conviction.
Thomas Hunsaker, 40, and Kimberly Hunsaker, 31, died from multiple gunshot wounds early Monday, Lacy said. Hull called law enforcement to turn himself in after he broke into his old house, cut the phone lines, threatened his wife and shot the couple. Deputies said five children were at home when the crime was committed.
In total, Hull and his wife, Cindy, have 10 children, two of whom they had together. Hull was living at an older son’s apartment in Sacramento before the killings, Lacy said.
Hull allegedly committed the crimes days after he posted $50,000 bail assigned by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Eddie Keller.
The judge set the bail amount when Hull appeared May 9 to set trial for a misdemeanor charge for being drunken in public and a misdemeanor charge for violating a no-contact order. The typical bail amount for a misdemeanor is $500.
The charges were filed after deputies found Hull’s car parked near his wife’s house — a violation of the no-contact order. He was also intoxicated.
Hull also has two domestic violence cases pending against him, one felony and one misdemeanor. Hull had posted $135,000 in bail before he was taken into custody for murder and denied bail.
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