A Utah man on trial for his wife’s 2012 murder acted erratically following the shooting, kissing her feet and talking to her feet, responding officers testified in court.
Conrad Truman, 32, is accused of shooting his wife Heidy Truman in the head after a night of drinking and watching “Dexter,” a show about a serial killer. Truman could be heard shrieking and speaking incomprehensively in his 911 call.
Heidy Truman was killed by a single gunshot. Her husband has argued that she either accidentally shot herself while getting out of the shower, or she was shot by someone outside the home.
Truman has pleaded not guilty.
Investigators say they initially thought they were responding to a suicide. They found the Orem, Utah house in disarray, with blood splattered throughout. Authorities quickly turned their attention to Truman.
“He was talking to her feet, kissing her feet, saying he was sorry,” Officer Chris Watson testified.
Police audio recordings played in court featured Truman ranting. According to Officer Art Lopez, Truman was allegedly threatening to kill the officers if they didn’t save his wife.
“I have been in law enforcement for 20 years. I’ve never seen anyone until this time threaten to kill the officers,” Lopez said.
Additionally, police said Truman tried to take control of the crime scene, with the couple’s dogs walking through the evidence. Truman also went to the bathroom alone after investigators arrived.
Prosecutors allege that Truman killed his wife to collect nearly $1 million of insurance money, but ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said it’s difficult to uncover a motive in the shooting.
“We haven’t seen evidence that they had a bad relationship,” Abrams said. “As for his conflicting statements and odd behavior, the defense says it’s simple: He was drunk, and his wife had just been shot and killed. That’s not a frivolous argument.
“This could be one of those cases where you go, ‘He may have done it,’ but do they have enough evidence?” Abrams said.