(WMC-TV) – Details are emerging about the man charged with killing a Memphis mother while her children were at home.
Terrence Thomas has a history of violence.
Karen Denise Thomas' family said for years she tried to escape her abusive marriage.
On March 22, 2004, Karen filed for divorce. Court records show it was never finalized and it was dismissed on June 24, 2005.
Four years later, on February 10, 2008, police were called to the Thomas' home in Raleigh where Karen reported that she and Terrence had an argument and the power went out.
Police noted the damage to the utility meter and the swelling, scratching, and bruising on Karen's body.
She refused to file charges against her husband.
Six months passed, and on August 26, 2008, police took a report where Karen stated that she saw Terrence in a parking lot with another woman. When she confronted him, she said the argument turned physical and she attempted to drive away but Terrence followed and tried to run her off the road. No charges were filed.
Two years later on June 10, 2010, Terrence Thomas was placed under arrest after Karen called police saying that he came home intoxicated, angry and choked her. Officers noted bruising, scratches, and swelling on her body.
October 12, 2012, Karen Denise Thomas was reported missing after Terrence said she never returned home that Thursday night.
Exactly one week later, on October 18, Karen's body was pulled from the Loosahatchie River.
Hours later, her husband Terrence Thomas was charged with first degree murder and filing a false report.
Investigators say he confessed to strangling Karen in the bedroom of their home and throwing her body in the river.