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St. Petersburg police arrest suspect in Georgia murder plot

ST. PETERSBURG — The estranged husband of a murdered Georgia woman was arrested by St. Petersburg police on Friday on an out-of-state warrant for conspiracy to commit murder.

Theo W. Conoly, 30, was arrested as police said he reported to his probation officer to change his address. St. Petersburg detectives were waiting for him.

He had just moved to the city from Tallahassee, where records show he racked up an extensive arrest record.

According to Leon County court records, he pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon unrelated to the murder case. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 30 days in a work camp.

But now Conoly becomes the fourth person arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, Sunday Blombergh, according to Georgia authorities.

She disappeared April 22 from the Tift County, Ga., home she shared with Conoly's mother, Ruby Anne Evans and husband Roy Herman Evans, according to news accounts.

The woman's decomposing body was found in a Georgia field on May 27 — the same day Georgia authorities arrested the Evans couple and another man in connection with her murder.

Blombergh, 28, was planning to move to Tallahassee with her 7-year-old daughter, according to news accounts. But Georgia authorities said the grandmother didn't want to lose her grandchild.

Conoly is accused of helping organize the murder plot, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Leon County records show he was involved in several child custody cases there.

His mother, Ruby Evans, 45, and Roy Evans, 44, are charged with felony murder. Both are being held in the Tift County jail.

The 7-year-old girl is with her mother's family.

Conoly, who listed 5402 9th Ave. S as his address, is being held without bond in the Pinellas County jail and awaits extradition to Georgia.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report.

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St. Petersburg police arrest suspect in Georgia murder plot 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 7:13pm]
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