A man from Florida is accused of murdering his pregnant wife and then snapping photographs of her dead body with his phone. Vincent LaSara Terry was arrested on second-degree murder charges on Monday for the death of Chrystal Anette Terry, according to a press release posted to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Chrystal had been missing for months. Police said that Vincent, 47, told them in January that she left on her own just days before Christmas.
Less than two hours before she went missing, she sent frantic text messages to a friend, WKMG-TV in Florida reported.
“Will u plz come pick me up. 911. [...] I’ll do anything. I need u plz.”
Her personal items and daily medications were left behind and Chrystal, 41, was listed as a Missing Endangered person. While police were investigating her disappearance as a missing person case, they searched the home that Chrystal and Vincent shared where they found a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition. Because Vincent was already a convicted felon, he was not supposed to possess firearms.
On a more disturbing note, during that search, police looked through Vincent’s phone where they allegedly saw “multiple photographs of Chrystal who appeared to be deceased.” When questioned about the photos, Vincent told police he wanted a lawyer. In those photos, Chrystal was reportedly apparently naked and bloody. She appeared to have facial trauma and it appeared that she suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
When charged with murder, Vincent was already jailed on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge. He is being held without bond. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
[Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office]