Woman in oil death sought by FBI officials

Published 9:25 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2006

A woman accused of dumping hot cooking oil on her sleeping husband has been charged with murder, and the FBI has joined the search for her.

Sherman Sanders died Friday after a week in the burn center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He had suffered third-degree burns over more than half of his body.

Investigators said his wife, Edna May Sanders, 45, fled their home in Diamondhead with their two children on July 28.

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Police believe she heated about two quarts of household cooking oil on the stove, allowing it to reach a simmer before pouring it over her husband’s head chest and arms.