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Fugitive Returns To N.C. To Face Murder Charges

Posted August 15, 2002

— A Cumberland County woman indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of her Air Force captain husband has returned to North Carolina after months on the run and a change in appearance.

Michelle Theer is being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled Thursday morning.

Theer arrived in Fayetteville around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, escorted by two members of Cumberland County's fugitive division.

Deputies Dallas Tyree and Christy Booyer said Theer slept for most of the trip and had nothing to say during the 10 hour drive.

"They provided her with some sort of salve for her face and also some prescription medication that she had to have," Tyree said.

Matthew Cockman is Theer's provisional attorney until she hires one or is appointed one in courty. He said because Theer has already been indicted of murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of her husband, he wants to make sure she knows what she is up against.

"Making sure she understands what the process is, of what her rights are, and what will most likely take place in her first appointment," he said.

Theer waived extradition Monday.

U.S marshals arrested Theer in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., apartment on August 5. Officials said it appeared she had plastic surgery the morning of her arrest.

Authorities said Theer conspired with her lover, former Army Staff Sgt. John Diamond, to murder her husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer, in December 2000.

The C-130 pilot was shot five times outside his wife's office building on Raeford Road.

Last year, a military jury convicted Diamond of murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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