has been charged with heinous crimes in Boise, Idaho. His actions
have attracted international attention.
Prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his Dodge
Ram truck into another vehicle on June 16, 2006, killing Samantha
Nina Murphy, 36, and her daughter Jae Lynne Grimes, 4. (Time was
The impact caused the severed head of his wife,
Theresa Lee Time, to fly onto Franklin Road. Soon afterward, police
found Mrs. Time's stabbed and beheaded body in the garage of the
couple's home. Time has admitted being involved with her death.
Theresa was born in Samoa. News reports do not state
whether Alofa Time was also born in Samoa; however, "alofa" means
"love" in the Samoan language. (Observers have pointed out the irony
that a man whose name means "love" would commit such extreme
Theresa's surviving sister, Roberta Oswald, reports
that Time was a very jealous man.
Theresa Time is also survived by three sons who live
Alofa Time's unusual name has raised speculation
about whether he is an illegal immigrant, and his act of beheading
has raised speculation about whether he is, or was influenced by, an
Islamic extremist. News reports contain no information about either
of these points.
Alofa Time kills wife then 2 in car accident
The newest horrific story of a domestic violence relationship gone
badly involves Alofa Time, 50, of Boise, Idaho and his wife Theresa,
47. Charges were brought against Mr. Time after he choked his wife
in March. They were scheduled to go to court July 25th on this
charge. A judge granted a no-contact order which was supposed to
keep Mr. Time from having any contact with his estranged wife. Mrs.
Time requested that the no-contact order be lifted. She had to
complete a safety planning class at a local crisis center before it
On June 16, 2006, Mr. Time was in a car accident where he killed a
woman and her 4 year-old daughter. The other daughter, an 8 year-old,
was critically wounded in the accident and is recovering in a local
hospital. Police are saying in put himself into the path of the
What makes this story so horrific is what was found at the scene of
the accident. Mr. Time pleaded with police to kill him after the
decapitated head of his wife was found along the roadside during the
investigation of the accident. The rest of her remains were found in
a car at the couple’s home in Nampa, Idaho. Other items found on the
scene were a suicide note and money with unreported wants after his
According to reports I read today, the couple married in December
but may have sought divorce in January. Police reports say that he
held her to the bed and tried to strangle her before police arrived.
He was taken into custody but posted bail.
Man charged with 1st degree
murder and two counts of 2nd degree murder
Friday, June 16, 2006
A twisted and gruesome
story of murder unfolded Thursday in the Treasure Valley, resulting
in the deaths of an innocent mother and her little girl, and the
decapitation of the suspect's ex-wife in her Nampa home.
Police say the story began
Wednesday night, where a man brutally killed his ex-wife, cutting
off her head, according to officers. Thursday, the story ended with
two more victims, an innocent mother and child traveling on Franklin
Road near Cloverdale.
"At about 6:30 we had a Boise police
officer who was eastbound on Franklin Road,” says Mike Webb, Deputy
Chief of the Boise police Department, “he saw a truck in front of
him swerve into a car in the oncoming lane and crash into a
Inside the car were a mother and her two
young daughters. 36-year-old Samantha Murphy and 4-year-old Jae
Lynn were killed instantly, leaving eight-year-old Sydney as the
lone survivor. Police say the driver of the pickup, 50-year-old
Alofa Time purposely drove his truck into Murphy's car. But the
story doesn't end there.
Deputy Chief Webb goes on to say that “As
other officers arrived on the scene they found a horrific piece of
evidence, a severed female head lying on Franklin Road."
Because of that discovery, and
information from Time, Nampa Police rushed to his home.
"They gave us information that they had
gained from a person involved in the crash that he had been involved
in a homicide in Nampa,” says Lt. Leroy Forsman of the Nampa Police
And it was there at the Lotus Spring
Subdivision, where officers found the decapitated body of his ex-wife,
47-year old Theresa Time in the garage.
"The female was sitting in the driver's
compartment of the vehicle,” says Canyon County Coroner Vicki Degeus-Morris.
“Obviously, she had been decapitated."
Time had a history of violence.
According to court papers, just this Spring, Alofa was charged with
domestic battery against Theresa. A "no contact" order was issued
at Theresa's request, but she later asked a judge to lift it. A
judge originally denied that request and asked Theresa to first take
a domestic violence victim's class. She did, and on May 30th,
just 16 days ago, the couple was allowed to see each other again.
Neighbor Pete Romo says he never heard
noise come from the Times’ home, so when he learned what happened
just a few houses down, he was shocked.
"They were just really quiet people, kept
to themselves, and never really said much. We would wave every now
and then… but they were just really quiet people."
Now it's up to detectives to figure out
why Theresa was murdered. Her body is with the Coroner’s office,
and the blood stained car she was found in, a part of police
Degues-Morris was still shocked by the
entire day’s events, “In my 22 years, this is probably the most
brutal I've seen, given the whole picture."
Newschannel 7 is told that Sydnee, the
eight year old accident victim, is doing much better as she recovers
in the hospital. Her grandfather and step grandmother are with her
Alofa Time is charged with two counts of
second degree murder in Ada County and one count of first degree
murder in Canyon County.
Probable Cause Hearing
July 6, 2006
Caldwell, Idaho - There's new information that indicates Alofa Time allegedly
sexually assaulted his ex-wife, Theresa, the night she was murdered.
The details are spelled out in a one-page letter
he wrote, which officers found in his wallet, when Alofa was
questioned at the scene of the deadly accident he's accused of
causing nearly two weeks ago.
"He immediately said to her that he had killed
his wife and that he was going to commit suicide, kill himself,"
said Det. Brandy Sutherland with the Nampa Police Department.
In a recording of Alofa Time's probable cause
hearing on June 15, Nampa police detective Brandy Sutherland
recounts Alofa's phone call to his aunt in California that morning.
"He said he was intending on committing suicide
and told her to cremate him, cremate his body along with the $300 he
had on his person," said Sutherland.
Sutherland says Alofa made that call just one
hour before he allegedly crashed head-on into another vehicle,
killing two people. When police arrived at the scene, they say Alofa
had a considerable amount of blood on his shirt and a spot of blood
on his foot.
"His hands also appeared to have, be covered with
blood or dried blood," said Sutherland.
Also recovered at the accident scene was a letter
Alofa had written. Officers found it inside his wallet.
"That one said 'I apologize for the brutality,
brutalize' and then he stopped writing that and apparently wrote the
other letter," said Det. Sutherland.
That other letter was entitled "motive" and it
included the reason why he allegedly killed Theresa.
"He was tired of his wife hitting him, calling
him names, and making fun of his manhood," said Sutherland.
The one-page letter also indicated that Alofa had
allegedly sexually assaulted Theresa with a broken table leg from a
coffee table found in his garage. Alofa said he hopes that "will
give her eternal pleasure for life," according to Sutherland.
Fox 12 News spoke with Theresa's relatives on
Tuesday. They are not ready to comment on the information in the
probable cause hearing at this point.
Canyon County prosecutors are seeking the death
penalty against Alofa Time. He is scheduled to enter a plea in the
first degree murder case on Friday.
Alofa Time Pleads Guilty To First Degree Murder
Last June 15th, Alofa Time was arrested for
beheading his wife in Nampa, and then attempting to commit suicide
by allegedly driving his truck into an innocent mother and child in
Boise, killing them as well. Now, there is some closure. Time has
pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the killing of his wife,
Theresa. He will no longer face the death penalty.
Marcie Hammer worked with Samantha Murphy, the
mother who was killed.
"Would you have preferred him to get the death
penalty?" CBS 2 News asked.
"I mean, she was my best friend and part of our
family, so probably so, but I'm sure she would be happy with what
happened, what the outcome was," Hammer said.
Samantha used to work here at Baird's Dry
Cleaners and other co-workers say they were upset Time didn't
receive the death penalty.
This is where it happened, six months ago.
Nobody's been living here since. In fact, Alofa Time has apparently
defaulted on his mortgage.
The house is scheduled to be sold at auction
March 16. This neighbor living next door works in state corrections
and says he doesn't think today's plea agreement makes much
"I think it really didn't matter," Warren
Lanphier told CBS 2 News. "Because the way things work in Idaho we
don't execute people anyway. People sit on death row for years."
The Canyon County Prosecutor says this agreement
will spare Theresa's family from a lengthy trial.
But Time still faces second degree murder charges
in Ada County, where he allegedly drove his car into Samantha Murphy
and her four-year-old daughter, Jae Lynn Grimes.
Ada County is not pursuing the death penalty
Man pleads guilty to torturing and beheading his estranged wife
An Idaho man pleaded guilty to first-degree
murder in the beheading death of his estranged wife in a deal that
spares him the death penalty, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors had originally sought a death
sentence, accusing Alofa Time of first-degree murder with
aggravating factors because they said they had evidence he tortured
Theresa Time before killing her last June 15.
Under the plea agreement on Thursday, Time, 51,
is to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. Formal
sentencing was set for March 5.
Teresa Time's decapitated body was found after
her husband, carrying the severed head in his pickup truck, swerved
into oncoming traffic and collided with a sedan, killing Samantha
Nina Murphy, 36, and her daughter, Jaelynne Grimes, 4. The impact
caused the head to fly onto the road.
Time still faces two second-degree murder charges
for the traffic deaths, the AP reports.
He had been scheduled to appear in state district
court in July after his wife accused him of beating her.
A message was left after hours with a firm that
does public defending for Canyon County.
Alofa Time sentenced to 45 years
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Triple murder suspect Alofa Time has been
sentenced to 15 years in the Idaho State Correctional Institute on
two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of aggravated
driving under the influence. Each charge carried a 15 year sentence,
according to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office.
Authorities say Time purposefully drove his Dodge
Ram pickup into a Nissan Sentra in Boise last June after killing his
wife in Nampa. The wreck killed Samantha Murphy, 36, and her
daughter, Jae Lynne Grimes, 4. Sydnee Murphy, 8, was also injured.