Man Accused of Killing Wife in Rocky Mountains

The mysterious death of his first wife in 1995 is also under active investigation
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2014 4:40 AM CST
Man Arrested for Killing Wife in Rocky Mountains
This July 19, 2014, photo shows Nymph Lake in the Bear Lake Corridor Trails area in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.   (AP Photo/Lindsey Tanner)

A Colorado man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering his second wife, who fell to her death while the couple hiked during a 12th anniversary celebration in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012, ABC 7 reports. Harold Henthorn was the only witness to his wife Toni Henthorn's 40-foot fall in a steep area of Deer Mountain; he says his wife fell to her death while trying to take a picture. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole and a $250,000 fine, reports CBS News. "This is a satisfactory day in knowing that justice for Toni is proceeding along," says Toni's brother, who previously told CBS Denver that in the wake of the death, his family learned that Henthorn had lied about his job and his background.

CBS Denver also notes that it previously reported Toni's life insurance policies were worth $4.5 million, and that someone (it's not clear who) filed a claim for part of that money less than a day and a half after her death. Meanwhile, authorities in Colorado's Douglas County say they're now actively investigating the death of Henthorn's first wife, Sandra, who was crushed to death in 1995 along a country road. The sheriff's office said she was reaching under the couple's Jeep Cherokee to help change what Henthorn says was a "mushy" tire when the jack slipped and the car fell on her, reports the Denver Post. Henthorn told authorities he was putting something in the trunk and didn't see the series of events that killed her. The death was ruled accidental, and Henthorn was the beneficiary on a $300,000 life insurance policy on Sandra. (This man is accused of having his wife killed during their honeymoon.)

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