A Florida man is being held without bond on charges that he killed his wife shortly before their first wedding anniversary, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.
Timothy Allen Upthegrove, 53, was arrested on Christmas Eve after police found what they believed to be his wife’s remains in the woods. Police found the body based on information they obtained through interviews with Upthegrove, they claimed.
Upthegrove and his wife, Lori Lynn Upthegrove, 51, married on Christmas Eve the previous year, Florida Today reported. Prior to the Sunday discovery, police had been treating Lori’s disappearance on December 19 as a missing persons case.
Detectives now believe that Upthegrove had spent the night of Lori’s disappearance driving his wife’s car and smoking crack, Florida Today reported. When he returned home, he and his wife got into an argument about his drug use, police claim. At one point, Lori told her husband that she wanted to leave him.
During the fight she went and got a glass of water, took a sip and gave it to her husband, police claim. Timothy allegedly slapped the glass out of her hand and the two struggled, ending only when Upthegrove stabbed his wife and threw her on the garage floor.
Upthegrove was charged with second-degree murder, which suggests that police do not believe the death was premeditated.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said to the Orlando Sentinel. “Unfortunately, it’s not the ending we wanted.”
Upthegrove was also charged with resisting an officer for making false statements to police, records by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office show, and Florida Today reported that police also arrested him for child neglect for leaving his 8-year-old daughter at a hotel.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Lori’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Timothy Upthegrove’s father, Ed Upthegrove. “We’re cooperating with investigators as they continue to gather evidence in this case.”
Upthegrove was arrested in 2003 on a domestic violence charge when a girlfriend claimed he struck her repeatedly with a crow bar, according to WFTV. He was allegedly acquitted after the victim wouldn’t testify.
He was arrested again for domestic violence in 2008, when the woman he was married to at the time said he had choked her and sat on her stomach. She was pregnant at the time. He pleaded guilty to those charges.
Upthegrove made his first court appearance on Christmas Day. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
[Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office]