MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) -- According to court documents obtained by FOX10 News, Terri Sullivan and Sammy Sullivan of Washington County had started divorce proceedings in October. By January, authorities believe, she was dead.
Investigators believe it was her badly burned body, found in March inside her car, which had been set on fire in woods in western Mobile County.
Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer says information inside the Sullivans' divorce documents led to murder charges against Sammy Sullivan, and his ex-wife.
Samuel Sullivan and Jenny Sullivan are charged with capital murder and first-degree kidnapping.
By all accounts, the marriage between Terri and Samuel Sullivan was short -- and bitter. In court documents, both Sullivans made serious and disturbing allegations of adultery and abuse, as well as illegal cock fighting.
Terri and Sammy Sullivan married in June 2017, according to court records, but they separated less than a year later. Both claimed the marriage was incompatible from the start.
In Terri Sullivan's divorce petition, she claims Sammy Sullivan was physically and emotionally abusive and was guilty of adultery.
Sammy had moved his ex-wife into the Sullivan's home, the documents say, but here's the real shocker: Terri Sullivan claimed Sammy was breeding and raising fighting roosters on the property.
She was afraid she could lose the house if he was ever caught, so she sued to get her home back.
The documents also show she maintained she had never assaulted her husband, calling his charges "baseless."
Sammy Sullivan claimed in his petition that Terri was physically and mentally abusive, and even had her arrested on a domestic violence charge, claiming she had hit him in the head. He also requested the court award him the home, pay his lawyer fees and provide alimony.
So far, no motive for Terri Sullivan's murder has been released. But the documents provide a snapshot of a seemingly very short, but ugly marriage.
That marriage was ended not by a judge, but -- investigators in Washington County say -- by a her own husband, who is now accused of killing her.