Tulsa Woman Arrested In Husband's Murder Claims He Abused Her


Thursday, June 9th 2011, 5:01 pm
By: News On 6


Lacie Lowry, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma – The woman arrested in the death of her husband earlier this week claimed he had a long history of violence towards her.

Amber Hilberling, was arrested for murder after her husband, Joshua, fell 17 stories to his death at the University Club Tower on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Police said Amber pushed him and he fell out of the window on the 25th floor of his high-rise apartment.

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Joshua Hilberling filed a restraining order against his wife for physical abuse at one point, but Amber Hilberling's attorney said Joshua was the real aggressor.

"I can say that we have seen absolutely no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by Mrs. Hilberling," Jasen Corns, Amber Hilberling's Attorney, said. "This is a tragedy for everyone involved and what it wasn't was a crime."

Amber's attorney claimed the real crime is the abuse Amber endured at the hands of her husband.

"Without getting into specifics, there is a long history of this man, a 6'4", 220 pound college football player abusing this young woman, including throughout her entire pregnancy," Corns said.

Corns said police reports were filed at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, where the couple lived for the majority of their short marriage.

Lacie Lowry, News On 6: "Can you give any specifics at all as far as what type of abuse?"

Jasen Corns, Amber Hilberling's Attorney: "Physical abuse with witnesses, with photographs and documentary evidence that we have supporting it."

Corns spoke with News On 6 reporter Lacie Lowry after Joshua Hilberling's restraining order against Amber went public, outlining the continual physical abuse he says he suffered.

"This is a 5'5", pregnant teenage girl and it's kind of preposterous to listen to some of the things that are being said right now about how she can be an aggressor against a 6'4", 220 pounder," he said.

Counselors said it's not absurd at all."There is a number of men who are victimized by domestic violence," Missy Iski, Counseling Director at Domestic Violence Intervention Services, said. "And even more common than that are couples that engage in violence where both people are participating in violence."

News On 6 requested any police reports involving Joshua Hilberling from Eielson Air Force Base. We're waiting to hear back from them.

We couldn't reach Joshua's family for comment.

Amber Hilberling's arraignment is June 28, 2011.