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Photos of slain woman found on husband's phone: Sheriff

Vincent Terry is accused of killing his wife Chrystal Terry and taking photos of her dead body. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

A man in central Florida is accused of killing his pregnant wife after deputies found photos of her dead body on his cell phone.

Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested 47-year-old Vincent LaSara Terry on a charge of second degree murder for the death of 41-year-old Chrystal Anette Terry.

Mrs. Terry, 18 weeks pregnant, vanished days before Christmas. Her husband reported her missing on Christmas Day, according to the sheriff's office. He said she just walked away from their home in Summerfield a few days earlier and left behind her cell phone, purse, wallet and medication. He told investigators she had a drug problem.

Investigators questioned Mr. Terry and used warrants to search his home and cell phone. Detectives said the phone showed images of a nude white female, laying on the carpet, with facial trauma, blood on her upper body, and a gunshot wound to her stomach. The tattoos shown in the photographs also matched ones shown on Chrystal during her recent booking photos, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators said it appeared someone tried to delete the photos from the phone and access her voice mail messages. Deputies also found a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition in the master bedroom.

The search warrant also revealed "a large amount of blood evidence" in the carpet and sub-flooring in the area depicted in the cell phone photos. The sheriff's office said cadaver dogs alerted deputies to several areas outside, but no body was found.

According to the sheriff's office, investigators showed Terry one of the bloody photographs of his wife. He admitted to taking the picture to show her how she looked when she took pills. He also admitted to getting into an argument with his wife on the night she disappeared. Investigators also said on the night Chrystal disappeared, she had made arrangements to pick up a money-gram at the store the next morning, which was never picked up. She also had a doctor's appointment which she never showed up to.

The sheriff's office later learned deputies in El Paso County, Colorado, arrested Terry in 2014 for the attempted murder of his wife. Deputies there said Terry stomped on her face and choked her until she passed out when she refused to give oral sex to one of Terry's friends. She went to the hospital to be treated for facial fractures. The charges were dropped when Chrystal refused to cooperate, the sheriff's office said.


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