Ottawa man charged with murder in wife's death

A 33-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife's body was found in a west end home last weekend.

Donna Ellen Jones-Hutt mourned as caring sister, bubbly friend

A 33-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife's body was found in a west end home last weekend.

Mark Peter Hutt, 33, was to appear in court Sunday, accused in the death of 33-year-old Donna Ellen Jones-Hutt, Ottawa police said Saturday in a release.

An obituary at says Hutt was Jones-Hutt's husband.

Jones-Hutt's body was found around 9:30 a.m. last Sunday in a home on Barwell Avenue, a few blocks east of Bayshore Shopping Centre, north of Highway 417 and south of Richmond Road. Police said her death is Ottawa's seventh homicide of the year.

Hutt was arrested Friday afternoon following an investigation and the examination of autopsy results.

Loved sports and children

Jones-Hutt's family, friends and former co-workers at the Canada Revenue Agency and Canadian Food Inspection Agency remembered her as a cheerful, caring, vibrant woman who loved sports and children. She is beaming and surrounded by friends in most of the dozens of photos posted on a memorial page on Facebook.

Her sister Jennifer Jones described her as "the best sister."

"She always listened and made me believe in myself," Jennifer Jones wrote on the Facebook page.

Her brother Derek Jones said Jones-Hutt was at times both his best friend and his worst enemy.

Memorial services

A wake will be held for Donna Ellen Jones-Hutt at Hulse, Playfair and McGarry at 150 Woodroffe Ave. on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 153 Woodroffe Ave. at 10 a.m. Monday.

"Throughout all the good and the bad, she was there for me," he wrote. "She could tell when something was bothering me and always had a shoulder to cry on."

Her high school friend Natalie Waldorf, who started the Facebook page, described Jones-Hutt as a cheerful, bubbly woman who could always make her laugh.

"Your personality was one that people just naturally gravitated to," Waldorf wrote. "You were one of the most kind, generous, sensitive people I have ever known."