Welches man faces attempted murder charge, accused of beating woman with piece of wood

William Joseph Bouley booking photo courtesy Clackamas County Jail

WELCHES, Ore. – Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Welches man who said he had beaten someone to death and was threatening to kill himself early Wednesday morning.

When investigators arrived at the home in the 68300 block of E. Twinberry Loop in Welches shortly after midnight, they surrounded the residence and instructed the suspect to walk outside. The suspect, 61-year-old William Joseph Bouley, complied and was taken into custody.

Deputies entered the home and found the victim on the couch. The victim had a severe head wound and was conscious but disoriented while paramedics treated her. She was taken to a nearby hospital with traumatic injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, Bouley had reportedly beaten the victim with a piece of wood during an argument.

Detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene to collect evidence and interviews. Deputies also spoke with people who had seen the couple earlier in the evening.

Bouley was booked in the Clackamas County Jail on an attempted murder charge. He is being held without bail.

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