Woman faces charges in 2017 death of Tennessee man

A woman arrested in Mississippi faces first-degree murder charges in the 2017 death of a west Tennessee man.

Posted: May 20, 2018 11:05 PM

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — A woman arrested in Mississippi faces first-degree murder charges in the 2017 death of a west Tennessee man.

Tipton County sheriff's deputies tell local media that 33-year-old Amber Whitehead was arrested in Saltillo, Mississippi, on Wednesday. She is now jailed in Tipton County without bail pending a Tuesday court appearance. It's unclear if she has a lawyer to speak for her.

Court papers say Whitehead participated in killing 81-year-old Joseph Roman, who authorities say was murdered inside his Randolph home before it was set on fire in July.

The papers say a confidential source told investigators that Whitehead and others intended to rob Roman of $50,000. No other suspects have been named or arrested.

Firefighters found Roman's body, and an autopsy later showed he was killed before the fire started.

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