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911 tapes reveal details in Orem killing; Police defend investigation



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OREM — The investigation into the death of Heidy Truman was kept quiet by police for months. But 911 tapes from the night of her death reveal more details about that fateful night.

After a judge signed an arrest warrant, Orem police moved in at gunpoint to take Conrad Truman, suspected in the killing, into custody along Center Street Friday morning. Police said his arrest was the next step as they seek justice in his wife's death.

Truman was cooperative and arrested in a matter of seconds. But police said Truman did not cooperate with the investigation into the shooting death of his wife, which began the night of Sept. 30, when he called 911.

"There's so much blood," Truman can be heard saying on the tape. "If they don't get here right now, she's gonna die. Idon't know what happened. I really don't know what happened, I swear to god. She was in the shower, she came out of the shower and I heard a pop, and there's blood, and she's in blood."

While police said it is understandable that someone in this situation would be hysterical, Lt. Craig Martinez said that it was difficult to understand truman and some of the things he said were inaudible. He gave dispatchers no help, only threatening them if his wife died, she said.

"If you don't get here quick, my wife's life is on your head. My wife," he could be heard yelling.

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Martinez said that their dispatchers are trained to get information out of people in these difficult situations, but "this just wasn't happening in this case."

Police said Truman has not collected any money from his wife's life insurance policies, which they believe was a motive in her death.

They also defend the length of their investigation, which has so far taken nine months.

"We just want everyone to understand this isn't CSI, this isn't a TV show," Martinez said. "It has taken a lot of time, a lot of man hours a lot of forensic evidence to go through, a lot of forensic experts, crime lab staff. So there are a lot of people out there that don't understand why it took us this long."

The case will take some time to prosecute. Conrad Truman will not be back in court until the end of October and will likely remain in jail through a trial. His bail was set at a million dollars cash.

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Sam Penrod

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