UPDATE: Woman who confessed to torture killing to appear in court

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by Tess Rafols and Catherine Holland / azfamily.com

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Posted on September 8, 2009 at 6:20 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 14 at 10:46 AM

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix woman who confessed last month to the torture killing of a Valley man is slated to appear before a judge today.

Woman's jailhouse interview

UNCUT: Simpson talks to 3TV about the murder she has admitted to committing, plus her motive behind the crime.

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Detectives have called the murder of Terry Nelly one of the worst crimes they've ever seen.

Angela Simpson, the woman who confessed in a jailhouse interview with 3TV to killing and dismembering Neely will appear in Maricopa County Superior Court today.

Neely's body was found in a burning trash can in the parking lot behind a Phoenix church in early August. Detectives arrested Simpson two weeks later. A grand jury indicted her charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping on Aug. 27.

When she spoke with 3TV's Marissa Wingate, Simpson said she did not feel at all guilty about killing the man she believed to be a "snitch."

"I'm a little upset that I won't be able to, you know, kill more snitches, but I have no remorse about killing him [Neely]," she after, after coldy explaining what she did to the wheelchair-bound man, all while making him watch in mirror.

"He needed to see what he deserved," she said when asked why she made him watch.

Simpson's video arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Police also arrested Edward McFarland, believing he helped Simpson dispose of Neely's body.

Grand jury indicts Phoenix woman in torture killing

PHOENIX -- A grand jury has indicted a Phoenix woman accused of torturing, killing and dismembering a man whose body was found burning in a trash can earlier this month.

The body of Terry Neely, 46, was found on Aug. 5. Investigators arrested Angela Simpson in connection with the case less than two weeks later.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Simpson on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and abandonment or concealment of a dead body -- all felonies. In a jailhouse interview with 3TV's Marissa Wingate, Simpson, 33, admitted killing Neely, who was confined to a motorized wheelchair, because he was a "snitch."

"I beat him to death. ... I killed him and cut him up," Simpson said.

Since that interview, Simpson has refused to talk to the media again.

According to Phoenix police investigators, Neely had been stabbed 50 times and beaten. A nail had also be driven into his head.

Police also arrested Edward McFarland, believing he helped Simpson get rid of Neely's body. McFarland is charged with abandonment or concealment or dead body and hinder prosecution.

"The level of cruelty alleged in this case is severe, and we will aggressively prosecute this case," said Coutny Attorney Andrew Thomas in a news release. "Our office will determine in the near future whether to seek the death penalty for this defendant."

Phoenix woman admits torturing, killing disabled man

PHOENIX -- In a jailhouse interview with 3TV's Marissa Wingate, a Phoenix woman admitted killing a man confined to a motorized wheelchair after torturing him for days because he was a "snitch."

Angela Simpson, 33, told 3TV she promised Terry Neely sex and drugs in order to get him to come to her North Phoenix apartment.

Once there, Simpson said she beat Simpson with a tire iron, hammered a nail into his head, pulled his teeth and strangled him with a television cord.

"You made him watch it through a mirror?" Wingate asked.

"Yes, I did," Simpson replied calmly. "He needed to see what he deserved."

Wingate describe Simpson as articulate and straightforward. When Wingate asked her why she killed Neely, the answer, to Simpson, seemed simple.

"I don't want my children or the people I consider family to be in a place where there are snitches," she said.

Neely lived in an assisted-living home not far from Simpson's apartment and often rode around in his motorized wheelchair. Simpson admitted that she barely knew Neely, but she did consider him a snitch.

"He told on a righteous person years ago," she said. "He told me that."

"I beat him to death. ... I killed him and cut him up," she said.

Simpson told Wingate she dismembered Neely's body and stuffed it into a trash can, which she then torched. The burning trash bin was found outside a North Phoenix church on Aug. 5. Police arrested Simpson for the murder on Aug. 19.

Simpson, who was already in jail when police caught up with her, told Wingate this is not the first time she's killed.

"I believe informants and child molesters should be killed ... period," she said.

Simpson said she was "kind of relieved" that police arrested her. She also said she takes medication and might be considered mentally ill.

"I think something's wrong with the world that I live in, but, according to other people, yes, somethiing is wrong with me."

Wingate asked Simpson if she felt guilty about Neely's death.

"Guilty? For ridding the world of a snitch? No, I don't feel guilty," she answered.

Police make arrest

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say they have made an arrest in the brutal murder of a man whose body was dismembered and stuffed into a trash can that was then set on fire.

Investigators say Angela Simpson, 33, was behind the killing of Terry Neely, whose body was found on Aug. 5.

Simpson reportedly thought Neely was a snitch working with law enforcement.

She told police that she lured Neely inside an apartment near Peoria and 12th avenues by offering sex.

Once inside the apartment, police say Simpson began beating Neely with a tire iron and hammer. She also pulled out his teeth and strangled him with a television cable.

She said she tortured Neely for three days.

According to autopsy results, Neely sustained multiple blunt-force head injuries and a 3-inch nail had been driven or hammered into his brain. He was also stabbed approximately 50 times, his throat was sliced and he was dismembered.

Simpson admitted that she dismembered Neely and placed him in a trash can. She borrowed a car and drove to a church at Ninth and Peoria avenues and set the trash can on fire.

Simpson allegedly committed a robbery along with Edward McFarland, better known as "Cracker" last week. He reportedly told his apartment complex manager about the gruesome murder but threatened to kill him if he told polilce.

ORIGINAL STORY

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have released the name of the murdered man whose body was found in a burning trash can in the backyard of a Phoenix church earlier this week.

According to investigators, Terry Neely, 46, was living at an assisted-living facility. With the help of surveillance video, detectives have determined that the last time Neely was seen alive was when he left the facility in his motorized wheelchair on Aug. 2 at about 8 p.m.

Police have confirmed that Neely's body had been paritally dismembered when it was found stuffed in the trash can in the area of Ninth and Peoria avenues Wednesday morning. He was later identified through fingerprints.

Neely's motorized wheelchair was not found at the scene. At this point, police do not know where it is.

Phoenix Police investigators are asking for assistance in finding the motorized wheelchair -- -- and any information regarding his death. If anyone has any information about this incident or saw Mr. Neely with someone on Sunday evening they are encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department, Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. For Spanish, call 480-TESTIGO.

ORIGINAL STORY: Man's body found in burning garbage can at Phoenix church

PHOENIX -- Investigators have identified a body found in a burning garbage container early Wednesday morning.

Fire crews were called out to the Covenant of Grace Church at Ninth and Peoria avenues at about 5 a.m. to deal with a garbage can that was burning in the back parking lot.

As they were dousing the flames, firefighters spotted a badly charred body stuffed inside the garbage can.

So far, investigators only say the victim is a 46-year-old white male. There is the possibility that the body had been dismembered. Police, however, have not yet confirmed that.

Church officials are stunned by the gruesome discovery made on their ground.

"It's upsetting to us," said Pastor Leonard Griffin. "We are sad for the family of the victim. We have no idea who the person was or what the situation was. We're here as a lighthouse for the community to try to help spread the peace of God here. We just hope we can take this tragedy and try to turn it into something positive and good for the community."

According to church officials, there was an event last night at about 9:30, but everybody who was there has been accounted for.

It's very early in the investigation and at this point, detectives have very little to go on. They're not even sure how long the body might have been in the garbage container. Investigators are trying to determine if the body was dumped at the scene or if the victim was actually killed there. His name has not released pending next of kin notification.

Investigators are asking for help from the community. If anyone saw or heard anything, or has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department, Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. For Spanish, call 480-TESTIGO.

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