Women arrested for conspiring to kill ex-husband
June 17, 2017 06:52 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque police on Friday arrested a woman who allegedly conspired with her current husband to murder her ex-husband amid an ongoing custody battle over their daughter.
According to a criminal complaint, 46-year-old Christine White was arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation stemming from a December homicide when officers found White’s ex-husband dead in the garage of his house.
In March, a report from the APD Metropolitan Forensic Lab implicated White’s current husband, Terry White, in the murder after his DNA was found under the fingernails of Christine’s ex-husband.
Terry was later arrested in Holbrook, Arizona, according to the complaint. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, which wrote the report on that arrest, noted that it appeared he was trying to commit suicide in his vehicle by means of carbon monoxide pills.
Earlier this month, the complaint states, investigators talked to an individual, Roderick White, who was in jail with Christine’s current husband for about three days. Roderick states in the complaint, during this time, Terry had opened up to him about the murder, as well as his and Christine’s role in it.
Roderick states in the report that Terry said Christine urged him to commit the murder, saying, “You gotta do this, you gotta do this for your family.”
Roderick states Terry then went on to describe to him in detail how he killed Christine’s ex-husband, in a way that is congruent with the victim’s injuries as described by the Office of the Medical Investigator, according to the complaint.
Roderick goes on to state that, as he was preparing to be released, Terry asked him to deliver a message to Christine: “Hugs are still in play.” “Hugs,” according to Roderick, was code used by Christine and Terry for “suicide.”
Terry also told Roderick, according to the complaint, that he was able to take out a $250,000 life insurance policy.
Roderick also stated in the report that when he was released he went on to meet with Christine to pass along Terry’s message, and also to propose pills as a way for Terry commit suicide depending on their ability to smuggle them into the detention center. The complaint states that Roderick went along with the plan so as to obtain additional proof of Christine’s involvement in the murder of her ex-husband.
According to the complaint, Roderick had pictures on a cell phone of Christine’s wedding ring – provided to him by her as collateral – as well as a note written by Christine upon the insistence of Roderick explaining her involvement in the suicide.
The complaint states that, upon obtaining and searching that phone, they found those exact pictures, as well as logs of phone calls between Christine and Roderick in April and May.
Christine is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a no-bond hold. She is being charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Updated: June 17, 2017 06:52 PM
Created: June 17, 2017 02:51 PM
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