Utah authorities describe accused wife killer as 'hostile'

Dec 6 2013 - 7:04pm

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Conrad Truman enters Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 for a preliminary hearing. Truman, 31, is accused of killing his wife for more than $800,000 in life insurance proceeds. He's charged with putting a gun to the head of Heidy Truman at the couple's home in September 2012. Orem police say Conrad Truman was a beneficiary of a series of life insurance policies on his wife, and was trying to collect on them. Charging documents say the motive for the shooting was financial gain. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
Conrad Truman enters Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 for a preliminary hearing. Truman, 31, is accused of killing his wife for more than $800,000 in life insurance proceeds. He's charged with putting a gun to the head of Heidy Truman at the couple's home in September 2012. Orem police say Conrad Truman was a beneficiary of a series of life insurance policies on his wife, and was trying to collect on them. Charging documents say the motive for the shooting was financial gain. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)

PROVO -- With blood on his hands, an Orem man accused of killing his wife for $878,000 in life insurance proceeds was hostile and incoherent when authorities rushed to the house, police and fire officials testified Friday.

The testimony came during the first day of a preliminary hearing for Conrad Truman, 31, who was charged with murder and obstructing justice after authorities accused him of shooting Heidy Truman in the head at the couple's home in September 2012.

Truman offered various explanations for the shooting that made no sense while acting deranged after authorities arrived, Orem police Cpl. William Crook testified.

"He threatened to kill me and everyone I know if I didn't save Heidy," said Crook, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Orem fire Battalion Chief Russ Sneddon said Conrad Truman let loose a profanity-laced tirade as first responders arrived and found the 26-year-old woman still breathing with a pulse. She later died at a hospital, he said.

Also Friday, prosecutors played Truman's call to police dispatchers in which he was heard saying, "There is so much blood!" Families of the couple cried inside the courtroom when the recording was played.

Truman told police that he drank six shots of bourbon and was watching a television series about a serial killer who kills other serial killers before the couple found themselves in an argument. He initially said his wife left to take a shower and was shot by an intruder in the bathroom before collapsing in the kitchen.

KSL reported that Conrad Truman later suggested the shooting was a suicide.

Authorities say there was no evidence of a shooting inside the bathroom, while blood was found in several other rooms.

Utah Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Edward Leis testified the gun was pressed to Heidy Truman's head when she was shot. Leis said he initially ruled the manner of death was undetermined but later changed it to homicide.

Conrad Truman's sister Colette Dahl has said she believes her brother is innocent.

"We understand Heidy's family is in pain and we think that is probably what is driving the prosecution," Colette Dahl told the Daily Herald of Provo. "But there was no history of domestic violence. They were very much in love."

The hearing will continue Thursday to determine if there's enough evidence to hold Truman for trial following his July arrest.

A police investigation found that he was a beneficiary of multiple life insurance policies on his wife and was trying to collect on them. Charging documents say the motive for the killing was financial gain.

 

 

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