A man from Florida who has been arrested three times in the past for domestic violence against his wife is now charged with her murder.
Three days after her 51st birthday, Tina Newhouse was found dead in her North Fort Myers residence on Tuesday and crime statistics and history pointed investigators toward her husband of 15 years, Mike Newhouse. The 58-year-old was arrested on Thursday in Osceola County and charged with second-degree murder, his second arrest in 12 days.
Newhouse’s third domestic violence-battery arrest was on July 21. Upon his release after posting $750 bond, he had been under a No Contact order concerning his wife.
According to the arrest report, Tina Newhouse called the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies got to the location, they saw her bleeding from “a minor laceration to her left cheek.”
Each told deputies that amid a quarrel regarding Tina’s daughter borrowing money, she threw a cellphone toward her husband as he sat on a couch six feet away from her chair. The cell phone bounced harmlessly on the couch. Mike Newhouse threw the cellphone back at his wife. It bounced off of her face.
Mike Newhouse said the phone hitting his wife’s face counted as him “being lucky.”
After he gives up his right to remain silent, the report says, Mike repeated that “he was ‘lucky’ when he hit Tina in her face. Deputy Chala inquired as to whether he believed he was wrong when he hit his wife and he said he didn’t believe it was wrong. He added that he threw the phone back to her because he got “mad.”
The report said deputies smelled alcohol on Mike Newhouse, a common thread through the three domestic violence-battery arrest reports.
In October 2013, Tina Newhouse told deputies her husband punched her and threw a pot of water at her. The deputy on the scene said he saw dried blood on her face, a swollen upper lip and wet clothes. The state attorney’s office finally declined to file charges.
They had filed charges after a 2011 incident after a deputy got to the couple’s residence and found them arguing naked.
As Tina told it, she woke up to find Mike naked, on top of her and in the mood. A night of drinking and arguing left Tina feeling differently. Tina said in the ensuing brawl that Mike punched her in the face. Her husband then completed a pre-trial diversion program.