Wedding Bell Blues

Local man suspected in bigamy case

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 22, 2007 - Infidelity is a touchy subject for any relationship, but generally isn't a reason to call the police upon learning of the "other" person in a spouse's life.

It's a whole other matter, however, if the spouse decides to marry someone else without benefit of a divorce first. Then it's bigamy, a third-degree felony.

Police were alerted of just such an instance in Sulphur Springs Wednesday afternoon.

The report claims that a 32-year-old Sulphur Springs man married a local woman late last year, despite the fact that he was still married to a Lubbock woman. The man reportedly married the Lubbock woman in July of 2006, and the pair has lived apart for most of that time. He apparently married another woman in Hopkins County in late 2006 without benefit of a divorce.

Records at the Hopkins County Clerk’s Office show that the 32-year-old man was indeed married on Nov. 11, 2006, to a 39-year-old woman in a ceremony performed in Hopkins County by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup.

Police were still in the early stages of the investigation today, but according to the report they received, the Lubbock woman has not received any legal documentation indicating her marriage to the suspect has been ended.

No arrest has been made in the case, nor have police had a chance to determine whether a divorce was obtained prior to the man's marriage in November. The suspect is reportedly out of town at this time.

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