Scottsdale Woman Makes Jodi Arias Look Like an Amateur: Shari Tobyne Chopped Up Her Husband, Scattered Him Over Three Counties
While everyone's caught up in the hype of the Jodi Arias trial, we'll point out a quieter case that ended on Friday with a Scottsdale woman being sentenced to life in prison.
Shari Tobyne shot her husband of 35 years, Dwight, then chopped up his body, and left most of his remains scattered over three counties in the state.
Police never got into the specifics of what was found where, but they didn't completely add up, according to media accounts at the time.
Scottsdale police say Dwight was in the process of divorcing Shari in November 2009, and the day before Dwight was scheduled to move out of their home on Mountain View Road, Shari shot and killed him.
After she stored his body at home for a while, Shari dismembered Dwight and dropped off his remains in three counties -- Maricopa, Pinal, and La Paz.
Meanwhile, no one else knew that Dwight was dead. Shari used his phone and e-mail account to send messages to family and friends, and Dwight's daughter finally reported him missing in July 2010 -- months after all three sets of remains had been discovered by members of the public, and authorities were trying to identify who it was.
Once Dwight was reported missing, police started investigating Shari, who eventually admitted to killing Dwight.
Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty for Shari, but after pleading guilty last week, she was sentenced to life in prison, plus 31 extra years for related charges.
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