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Man kills his new wife before putting her body in car with her children to cover up crime

By Mason White 9:53 AM April 5, 2017
James Leon Beard and Angela Bishop
James Leon Beard and Angela Bishop
By: Mason White

A newlywed’s happy life did not last long as the husband shot and killed his new wife.

The man was arrested for the murder of his wife and for covering up the crime.

42-year-old James Leon Beard killed the his wife, 38-year-old Angela Bishop, of Atlanta, Georgia.

Police said that the mother of four children was killed on Friday, before being placed in her car with her four children.

Beard was arrested after police found the children, who are between 8 and 13, sitting in the backseat of the car, and the body of their deceased mother in the front seat.

The car was parked outside their home. The children all gave the same account of the shooting death of the mother, police said.

They told police that Bishop shot her a few times before placing her body in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Beard defended his actions, and said that the shooting was an accident.

Beard claimed that he heard someone banging at the door. The man said that he went to investigate and he was unable to see anyone through the peephole. He then opened the door and his gun accidentally went off.

Beard soon realized that his wife was shot in the chest.

Police said that Beard placed her body in her Toyota Camry with her four children, and tossed the .40-caliber rifle into the woods near the home.

Investigators allege that Beard killed his wife on purpose, but did release a motive.

Beard now faces felony murder charges in the death of Bishop.