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Cumberland County Deputies To Meet Widow Accused In Pope Airman's Death

Posted August 12, 2002

— A woman accused of murdering her husband, an Air Force captain, will soon be on her way back to Cumberland County.

In a Florida courtroom Monday morning, Michelle Theer waived extradition. Theer is charged with having her husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer, killed to collect $500,000 in insurance money, then leaving her lover, Fort Bragg Sgt. John Diamond, to face murder charges.

Authorities say Theer moved from Fayetteville to New Orleans before being captured in Florida.

The county's Fugitive Division will leave Tuesday morning to get Theer so she can come back to North Carolina and face charges in the death of her husband.

A male and female deputy will drive 11 hours to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They will bring her back Wednesday. For the entire trip, authorities say Theer will be in leg shackles, a waist chain and handcuffs.

"We are dealing with someone who doesn't want to go to jail, someone who may talk herself out of it, so we are going to take all safety precautions we can to make sure she gets back here," said Dallas Tyree of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

When Theer returns, she will likely be taken to the Fayetteville Police Department where she will officially be served the murder warrant and have the opportunity to make a statement.


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