Michelle Spencer, 48, pictured with murdered partner David Butterfield, 47. Spencer has admitted mudering Butterfield in a late plea at Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks, June 07 2017. Collect from Facebook. See Ross Parry story RPYMURDER: A hairdresser is facing a life prison sentence after admitting stabbing her partner to death in a ‘momentary loss of temper.’ Michelle Spencer, 48, yesterday (weds) dramatically changed her plea to guilty after appearing in court charged with murdering David Butterfield, 43. Spencer had previously denied murdering father of two Mr Butterfield at her home in Gomersal, West Yorks., on January 13. Her defence counsel Michelle Colborne QC told Leeds Crown Court she had now instructed them she wished to plead guilty.