A Kentucky woman said Friday that her best friend, Teresa Drum, told her on the phone Feb. 27 that she had just killed her husband Dennis and then sent her a cell phone picture of his body.
Christina Caudill, the main witness at a preliminary hearing in City Court for Ms. Drum, said she had talked to Ms. Drum on the phone and heard Dennis Drum, 42, yelling in the background.
"I heard him say, 'You're a slut, you're a whore, I'm going to kill you,’ ” she said.
She said Ms. Drum, 38, then told her she was going to kill Mr. Drum and use "purple gloves" to cover up the murder.
Police said Ms. Drum shot him in the head but then placed the gun in his hand to make it look like a suicide. The cell phone photo she sent Ms. Caudill did not show a gun, but police found one in his hand.
Based on Ms. Caudill's testimony and that of police, District Judge James Motznik ordered Ms. Drum held for trial on counts of homicide and tampering with evidence.
Police said the shooting stemmed from an argument that began over beer at the couple’s Frazer home.
Ms. Drum called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. that night to say she and her husband had fought and "he just shot himself," both sides recounted.
When officers arrived, they found Mr. Drum lying on the floor with a pistol in his right hand and bloody footprints leading out of the room.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death a contact wound to the forehead, but the manner of death is pending forensic and toxicology reports.
Ms. Drum told police that her husband shot himself after they had argued because he accused her of drinking his last beer. She said he pointed the gun at her and that when she pushed it away, it went off, according to a criminal complaint.
Police said she then took the photo of him and sent it to Ms. Caudill, who told her to call 911.
Officers said she told them she also took a shower and put her bloody clothes in a hamper.
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