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Wife Of Decapitated Man Pleads Not Guilty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The woman charged in connection with the brutal murder of her own husband has pleaded not guilty.

Ashly Thompson, 35, made the plea during her arraignment Wednesday on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

Thompson was arrested last week, two months after the decapitated body of 48-year-old Erman Thompson was discovered by a mail carrier in a field near his home on Claiborne Street in July. His head was found in the garbage can behind his home the following day.

Thompson's longtime friend, 37-year-old Henry James Baxter, was arrested following the crime, and was indicted last week on first degree murder charges. He remains in jail on $750,000 bond.

The couple and Baxter lived together on Claiborne Street. Detectives believe that Ashly Thompson lied to them in the initial stages of the murder investigation and withheld information.

NewsChannel 5 spoke to Ashly Thompson the day after her husband's decapitated body was found. It was during that interview she admitted she saw Baxter digging a grave meant for her husband.

"It was a good maybe 5, 6 inches down, and then he said the ground was too hard for him to dig any deeper," she said.

Ashly also said she knew about the killing days before anyone else, but kept quiet.

"Mr. Baxter told you about this Monday?" asked reporter Mark Bellinger.

"Yes, Monday afternoon," she told him.

"And you didn't go to police?" he asked.

"No. No. I was scared half to death," she said.

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