Gerald Lee Culverson of Chandler Killed Girlfriend and Chewed Her Breasts, Cops Say; UPDATE - Culverson Released, Worst Details of Victim's Injuries Retracted by Cops

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Gerald Lee Culverson was arrested Friday in Chandler after his girlfriend was found dead with a large wound in her head and her nipples chewed severely.
In a case that sounds more like a zombie attack than a homicide report, Chandler police busted a 58-year-old trailer-park resident on Friday for allegedly killing his girlfriend and gnawing on her breasts.

After Gerald Lee Culverson called paramedics to the home he shared with his deceased girlfriend, Deborah Courtney, at 555 West Warner Road, Unit 89A, police found Courtney's body covered with horrendous wounds.

The victim had "severe bite marks" on her nipples and areolas; one of her nipples was "nearly detached."

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, Culverson has been released from jail. Cops are backing off from the murder accusation as well as some of the most shocking details in the probable-cause statement. Click here to read the follow-up article about Culverson.

Courtney, wearing a nightgown that had been ripped down the front, had a deep cut on the back of her head that pierced her brain. Her chin, throat, and ribs were bruised.

Culverson, who appears to have blood on his forehead in a police mug shot, claims Courtney received her injuries from a couple of falls in the home.

The man was noticeably drunk when police showed up after 7 p.m., records state. The couple had stayed up all night drinking booze, and Courtney, who'd suffered a slight head injury the week before, fell down in the hallway, Culverson told police.

He carried her to bed and began to have what he called "nasty sex" with her, he claims.

But Culverson related to cops an activity that sounds nothing like sex. "Nasty" doesn't begin to describe it, either.

"Culverson said that he bit and sucked on her nipples very hard and he caused them to bleed," the reporting officer wrote in a probable cause statement. "Culverson also said that he ripped Courtney's clothing, but he did not penetrate her or have any actual intercourse with her. He said the sex acts were limited to biting and sucking. Culverson said that Courtney responded with moans, which indicated to him that she was into it."

The two fell asleep after the "sex" and Culverson woke up to find his girlfriend dead on the floor, records state.

Police, it should go without saying, aren't buying his story. Evidence at the scene revealed to cops that Culverson -- who admitted he was the only other person in the mobile home with Courtney just before and after she died -- had tried to hide bloody clothing and other items in a half-assed effort to fool investigators.

While interviewing him, Culverson "experienced a medical problem of his own" and was hospitalized.

Police are seeking a charge of intentional second-degree murder.


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lainer
lainer

Two Words: Death Penalty.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Damn, these two would've been GREAT on Jerry Springer.

mrs.causby
mrs.causby

Look "concerned food fan" the obvious key to anyone's response to this article was it was extremely inappropriate. Its not the same person, use a little tact and consider that this woman has a family and the phoenix news times should have been more cautious when reporting this story. The lack of ethics in this article are an embarrassment to to the Journalism community. It enrages me to think an editor would allow this content to be published. I sincerely hope there will be administrative action taken. If this information was given in violation of her rights, that the family will pursue prosecution. I hope nothing like this ever happens to the writers family & they have to learn about it in this nature. Shameful.

Concerned_Food_Fan
Concerned_Food_Fan

Obviously the same person keeps posting comments about how much they hate the article..


wtfh
wtfh

To echo what the people who commented here previously, shame on you Ray Stern for reporting the detail in this article. I am a part of the family and it was better not knowing the detail into the wounds she suffered. We would have rather not known. She has children who found this and are grief-stricken. How can you sleep at night writing articles such as these. Reporting a crime is one thing, detailing it as if you are writing a coroner's report for the police another. You need to find another line of work and so should your editor.

cooper120580
cooper120580

I'm sorry, WHAT about this article is any way appropriate? This woman has a family, and you publish this trash? I couldn't be more disgusted with this "newspaper". How about leaving out details NO ONE needs to know. This is the most irresponsible journalism I have ever seen. May God bless her family and give them strength through this tragedy.

Azisbeautiful
Azisbeautiful

First of all my thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of grief. May God be with them at this time of need. Second I hope this sick - you-know-what- Gets what's coming to him. Third, shame on you reporter how dare you post this graphic article and have no remorse let alone verify that this article is accurate. How do you sleep at night. The family hasn't even been provided the information yet you go out and write this article. May this rest on you conscience. I hope you do the right thing by taking this article down. I can't even fathom the person you may be to write this article and think it's "news" to me you are a despicable person. But ill leave the true judging to god.

mrs.causby
mrs.causby

Not only does this story make me horrifically sad for the loss and her family, but the lack of ethics shown by the reporter and writer of this story by going into details that were not even released to next of kin yet makes me very sick. Shame on you for not thinking of her family and their grief at such a terrible loss.

mrs.causby
mrs.causby

MY thoughts are with her family. May justice be served.

wtfh
wtfh

@Concerned_Food_Fan My post came after I found out from a family member that one of the kids found this. I'm outraged. i don't know the other people who have posted before me. But honestly, if you were reading this about your mother or sister and had only previously found out  that she was deceased, and then stumble upon this article, wouldn't this upset you? Additionally, these details haven't even been confirmed. 

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