LAWRENCEVILLE - A neighbor in the White Oaks enclave described Ashley Schutt's appearance Saturday morning as something "straight out of a horror flick."
About 8 a.m., the 27-year-old call-center specialist came "crawling" across her yard in her underwear, carrying her small dog, with her face, arms and legs smeared with blood, one neighbor said.
"She appeared sick," said a man who wished to remain anonymous. Schutt rang his door bell, smearing his doorframe with blood, screaming that she'd been attacked, that her husband was murdered, he said.
He kept the door locked and called 911.
"I didn't know if somebody was with her, or if someone was pulling a fast one," said the neighbor, a father of two. "She was disturbed, out of it completely.
"I've never seen anything so disturbing."
Gwinnett police believe that sometime after midnight Schutt stabbed her husband, Gregory Schutt, 30, multiple times in the quaint home they shared on Thomas Palmer Court.
Schutt told police the couple was attacked by a black man who stormed in through the garage about 3 a.m. and raped them both, according to a police report.
"Detectives were able to disprove (Schutt's) story and obtain enough probable cause to arrest her," said Gwinnett police Cpl. David Schiralli.
Schutt's motive for killing her husband was born from a domestic confrontation, police believe.
Schutt is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. She remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, scheduled to appear in court at an Aug. 4 probable cause hearing.
Neighbors described the couple as reclusive and seldom seen outdoors, which made them an oddity in the close-knit community. Schiralli said police had not responded to the residence for any reason recently.
Gregory Schutt worked at a nearby veterinary clinic and was often seen walking to work in scrubs, a neighbor said. It's believed his wife may have undergone gastric bypass surgery and drastically changed her appearance in recent years, a neighbor said.
Entries posted on Ashley Schutt's MySpace page suggest the couple had been married nearly a decade and enjoyed a tranquil relationship.
Earlier this year, Schutt posted that she'd twice had a stroke and had lost a job, but was more recently hired by a Duluth company.
In her final post, dated last Tuesday, Schutt enthused that she had a couple of mid-week days off. She had aspirations of having a child "looking up at me with her father's eyes and my smile" by her 28th birthday, according to her online writings.
"We have been through everything together," Schutt wrote of her husband. "We have gone around the world together (thank you U.S. Army), and we have so much more to experience together ... I can hardly wait."