Authorities arrest husband of teacher found dead in Marfa

The husband of a Marfa High School teacher who was fatally stabbed was arrested Monday in connection with her death.

A news release sent out by the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office stated 31-year-old Sophia Eleanor Sullivan was found dead inside her Fort Davis home Friday night. Her husband, 30-year-old Daniel Merrill Sullivan told deputies he found his wife, whom he believed to have been murdered, on the floor of their home and she appeared to be deceased, the release stated.

Sullivan told deputies he then grabbed his 7-year-old son and ran out of the home to the neighbor’s house, where he called 9-1-1, the release stated.

Sullivan remained outside with deputies while Sheriff Bill Kitts, Chief Deputy Jerry Walker and Constable Clay Woods were in the Sullivans’ home where they found Sophia Sullivan’s body. The son was still inside the neighbor’s home when he told the neighbors that his father had killed his mother, the release stated.

Sullivan’s son, on three separate occasions, identified his father as the one who killed his mother and the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Sullivan, the release detailed.

Sullivan cooperated with authorities and while at the sheriff’s office a swab of his hands was taken. The test was positive, indicating there was blood on his hands, the release stated. Sullivan also agreed to take a polygraph test, which was given Monday, and he failed the polygraph test, the release stated.

Sullivan was transported to Hudspeth County Jail and bond was set at $130,000.