Wife charged with husband's murder in Granville County

Atalia England (image courtesy Granville County Sheriff's Office)

The wife of a man who authorities initially thought died in a crash is now charged with first-degree murder.

Thomas Lee England, 27, was found dead in his truck on Redding Road on March 13. The truck had run into a tree near his home off N.C. Highway 96 north of Oxford.

But a closer inspection showed England had been shot before the crash and the case was ruled a homicide.

Deputies arrested 24-year-old Atalia England Friday. They said she showed no emotion when she was told of the charge. No motive was given.

Lee England was an auto mechanic who owned a garage on his property.

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