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Woman convicted of killing husband, hiding body in attic

November 9, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been convicted of suffocating her husband and hiding his body inside a plastic tub in the attic of their home.

A jury in Memphis found Latosha Starks-Twilley, 43, guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, the Shelby County district attorney’s office said. She faces a life sentence in the death of Waddell Twilley, 47.

Trial witnesses testified that Twilley was reported missing in June 2016, while his car was still parked in the driveway of the family’s home.

Starks-Twilley said she did not know of her husband’s whereabouts. When the couple’s son called his father’s cellphone, it could be heard ringing inside an upstairs wall, prosecutors said.

Neighbors called police. Authorities found Twilley’s body inside a plastic tub hidden in an attic crawl space.

The body was encased in concrete and covered with clothes, dirt, and cigarette butts. Twilley’s hands and feet were handcuffed, and his head was covered in plastic wrap and duct tape.