The Prairie Village, Kansas, Police Department was called. They stopped by Marti's home to check on her. The house looked "eerily empty." The front door was closed, but not locked. Officers went in to investigate.
The next three photos include bloody images of the crime scene and images of Marti Hill just after her brutal attack
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In the basement, police officers made a startling discovery. Marti Hill was found in a pool of blood. She had been badly beaten and her neck was sliced. Police described her wounds as "savage." She was clinging to life.
Marti was rushed to the hospital. Her lead trauma surgeon said she was so badly beaten, "we could not tell if it was a man or woman, couldn't tell if she was young or old, couldn't tell what race she was."
Police immediately noticed that Brian Pennington had scratches on his face. He said they were from his pit bull. Police did not believe him. "They didn't appear to be consistent with what a dog would do," said a detective.
Inside the hamper was a pair of Brian Pennington's jeans. Detectives noticed there were red stains "towards the knees and down towards the bottom portion of the pant leg. Pennington told them it was grease. They didn't believe him.
While detectives waited for the results from the crime lab, they received a call from Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Marti Hill was awake. She had identified Brian Pennington as the person who attacked her.
Today, Marti is thankful to everyone who helped "make things right", including her family, friends, the detectives, prosecutor and her co-workers. From left: sister Cami Gill, daughter Mackenzie Hill, Marti Hill, sister Monica Gill, and mother Shirley Roth.