GREEN BAY - A Green Bay man appeared in court this afternoon for allegedly killing his girlfriend.
Police say last Friday's alleged murder on the city's east side is a case of domestic violence.
45-year-old Ouida Wright's body was found at a home on Day Street.
The man accused of killing her is 50-year-old Michael Whitmire.
According to court documents, when officers arrived at the home, they found Whitmire, with blood on his clothes, lying on the couch.
Officers say Whitmire told them, "I did it. I killed her. I tried to kill myself, but I couldn't."
That's when officers say they found Wright's body on the floor next to Whitmire. Officers say on the wall just above Wright's body was a message written in what looked like blood, reading "I love you Ouida."
"The facts are also very disturbing. He cut the victim to neck using a knife," said Assistant District Attorney Dana Johnson.
Court documents reveal Wright was dating Whitmire for the last nine months. For the past two months, they were living with the owner of the Day Street home, paying him $50 a week.
Authorities say Whitmire told them the couple was arguing and breaking up on the night of the alleged murder. Whitmire said that is when he grabbed a knife and slit Wright's throat.
FOX 11 did a story with Wright two years ago. She was homeless at the time, and won a ticket package to the Packers Super Bowl game in Dallas.
"Can you imagine a homeless person who can't afford a movie gets to go to the Super Bowl?" Wright said to FOX 11 in January of 2011.
A Brown County court commissioner set Whitmire's bond at $250,000 cash. He is due back in court later this month.
Family members from both sides and the assistant district attorney on the case declined comment after court today.
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