Orem man faces long trial for allegedly killing his wife

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What the next several months will hold for Orem native Conrad Mark Truman remains unclear.

Truman, who made his first court appearance in late July, was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, Heidy, nearly 10 months after her death.

Heidy was found by law enforcement in her home, lying completely naked with a gunshot wound to the right side of her head, on Sept. 30 of last year.

Conrad Truman, seen here, is accused of shooting his wife when she came out of the shower. Police say his motive was more than $800,000 in insurance money. (Photo courtesy Utah County Sheriff's Office)
Conrad Truman, seen here, is accused of shooting his wife when she came out of the shower. Police say his motive was more than $800,000 in insurance money. (Photo courtesy Utah County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Probable Cause Statement found within charging documents, Truman contradicted himself on numerous occasions when asked to describe what happened the night of Heidy’s death. His explanations included Heidy being shot through the wall by a person from outside, as well as suicide. Truman was described as being hostile toward 911 dispatchers immediately after Heidy was shot, refusing to attempt any life-saving methods.

Orem police Sgt. Craig Martinez said law enforcement had been investigating Truman’s claims and the details of the case for months, wanting to be sure they had all the necessary evidence to understand what truly happened, as told to the Salt Lake Tribune.

After investigation, financial gain has been named the motive for Conrad allegedly shooting his wife.

According to the Probable Cause Statement, Heidy’s life insurance made her worth $878,767. Conrad, whose income was much greater than Heidy’s, was only insured for $300,000. Several months ago, Conrad filed a life insurance claim and wrote that his wife had “died from an accident with a gun.”

Truman has been charged with murder, a first degree felony and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. He is currently in the Utah County Jail, with a cash-only bail set at $1 million.

If the bail remains unpaid, Truman will remain behind bars until his next scheduled court date on Oct. 28.

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