Judge denies bail reduction for Orem man accused in wife's death
"This is a case where it's not exactly a whodunit," Johnson said. "We've got two people in the home, his wife gets shot with a gun being pressed up against her head, and the defendant gives several implausible stories that are completely against the forensic science, any of the physical evidence, there at the scene."
Police and prosecutors have said in court documents that money was Conrad Truman's "primary motive" in killing his wife. Several life insurance policies had been taken out for Heidy Truman, and, combined with other benefits, Conrad Truman stood to receive $878,767 in the case of his wife's death, despite her $43,000 annual salary, the charges state.
But Dahl said Monday that Conrad and Heidy Truman were not only happy, but financially secure.
"The couple was financially responsible in preparing for the future, but none of us — including my brother — are aware of the existence of policies matching up with the figures that are alleged to be the motive in this case," Dahl said.
She said her brother and others in their family also offered to cooperate with detectives, but eventually wanted to do so with the aid of an attorney, which police did not appear to be interested in.
"It is understandable that people are aggressively seeking answers when they perceive there's been some injustice, however our family is frustrated and hurt by the many inaccuracies that are being released regarding Heidy's death," Dahl said. "Unfortunately, not only has my brother lost the love of his life, but the false allegations have caused irreparable damage to all of us."
As for the inconsistent stories offered up by Conrad Truman, Dahl said they could be attributed to his work as an engineer in which he looks for explanations.
"He offered several different theories of what may have happened," she said. "The honest truth is he does not know, nor do we."
Wagner and Heidy Truman's mother, Janet Wagner, said the family felt "justice was served" in the judge's decision to deny a bail reduction. They said they are committed to being there throughout the court process.
"We're just taking it a day at a time and knowing we're going to have a long process," Janet Wagner said. "We're just going to stay strong and do things along the way to memorialize my daughter and stay positive."
Monday's hearing marked the first time they had seen Conrad Truman since Heidy Truman's funeral.
"It was very difficult to see him," Janet Wagner said. "Just because he never admitted any responsibility and he was the only other one there."
She said her daughter had a "zest and happiness for life" that she misses every day.
"She had a beautiful smile," Cody Wagner added. "She was one of those people that people gravitated to. She was very special, and we miss her a lot."
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