June 16, 2006

Man charged after wife’s head flies from truck

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Police are charging an Idaho man
with killing his wife after her severed head flew from the bed
of his pickup truck during a crash that also claimed the lives
of another woman and her child, officials said on Friday.

Alofa Time, 51, of Nampa, Idaho, was charged with
first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Theresa Time. He
was also charged with two counts of second-degree murder
stemming from the head-on collision in Boise, which police said
they believe was intentional.

Authorities said the impact of the crash, which killed
36-year-old Samantha Murphy and her young daughter, caused
Theresa Time's already severed head to tumble from the pickup.
The discovery led police to Time's home, where they discovered
his wife's headless corpse.

"It's the most heinous crime I've ever seen," said Nampa
Police Lt. LeRoy Forsman.

Boise police investigating the wreck said Time crossed the
center line and appeared to aim for Murphy's Nissan Sentra.

"This so much resembles a bad horror movie that you have a
hard time believing it. This is about 9.5 on the horrific
scale," said Boise Police Lt. Ron Winegar.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman)