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Doctor, slain wife argued about affair, police say - Evidence taken from home where woman's body found

By Diana Baldwin Published: February 27, 2001
Police say a prominent Oklahoma City doctor and his wife had heated domestic arguments and that she suspected he was having an affair before she was killed this month.

Susan Shibley Hamilton, 55, accused her husband, John Baxter Hamilton, 52, of having an affair with a former patient and making numerous phone calls to the woman, Oklahoma City police said in an affidavit to search their home in the 3000 block of Brush Creek Road.

The obstetrician and gynecologist, charged with first-degree murder, has been held without bail in the Oklahoma County jail since the Feb. 14 slaying. His wife's strangled and beaten body was found on the bathroom floor of the couple's Quail Creek home.

Her nude body was discovered in a large pool of blood. Police said there was blunt-force trauma to her forehead, and a man's tie was around her neck.

When police arrived, Hamilton was dressed in a suit, but his shirt was partially unbuttoned and he was not wearing a tie or shoes, court records filed Monday state.

Police searched the Hamiltons' house, his locker in the men's surgical dressing room at Mercy Health Center and a 1996 Jaguar XJ6 at the house.

Hamilton told police he found his wife when he arrived home between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m, the affidavit states. He called 911 at 11:06 a.m. He told dispatchers that he had tried to revive his wife.

He told police he had performed surgery earlier that morning and returned home so they could exchange Valentine's Day cards. He then returned to the hospital to perform a second surgery.

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