Man found dead on a Tennessee couch in 2014. Seven years later, his wife is accused of murder.

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Source: MEGA; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Feb. 8 2022, Published 9:09 a.m. ET

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The widow of a man murdered in 2014 has now been indicted for his killing, officials in Tennessee announced.

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On Dec. 8, 2014, Thomas Steven Thrasher Jr. was shot and killed in his Oak Ridge, Tennessee, apartment, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. During the investigation, Samantha Anne Hendley was identified as a person of interest.

Despite her being a target in the investigation, authorities did not arrest her. The case eventually went cold.

Hendley reported hearing a gunshot and finding her husband dead on the couch, according to 10News.

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Thrasher and Hendley were married at the time of the shooting, but she remarried after his death, 10News reported.


Police continued to investigate, and on Feb. 7, Hendley was indicted of a first-degree murder charge in connection to Thrasher’s death, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She is being held in jail on $1 million bond.

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Investigators have not released a motive for the killing or why they have now charged Hendley after seven years.

tenneesee widow
Source: MEGA; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

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