Dan Stamm

Fearful Woman Calls 911 Moments Before She Is Killed by Ex-Boyfriend in Car, Police Say

William Table, 45, was taken into custody Monday evening. He's charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping and possession of a weapon in the death of Teresa Priestley.

A man remained jailed without bail Tuesday, accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death inside a car in Bucks County the morning before.

William Table, 45, was taken into custody Monday evening. He's charged with criminal homicide, kidnapping and possession of a weapon.

Police say Table killed his ex-girlfriend Teresa Priestley. Priestley called 9-1-1 at 6:47 a.m. Monday while inside her car on the side of a road in Bensalem. She told police Table, her former boyfriend was going to kill her, Bensalem police director of public safety Fred Harran said. 

Less than a minute later, another 9-1-1 call was made to report a car crash along Hulmeville Road, Harran said.

Officers arrived moments later and the 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds at the scene.

Table fled from the scene after killing Priestley, investigators said. Police went to a nearby apartment where the woman lived with her two children but Table wasn't there.

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William Table is considered a person of interest in the killing of 43-year-old Teresa Priestley along Hulmeville Road in Bensalem on Jul 9, 2018. See Larger

Priestley had recently separated from Table and she had just changed the locks to the apartment Sunday, Harran said.

"She was taking all the necessary steps to separate from this individual," Harran said.

Hulmeville Road was closed as police searched for Table. Residents near the scene were evacuated as a precaution, but were able to return home by late morning.

By Monday afternoon, police had an arrest warrant for Table.

"He's not coming here and killing this woman on a Monday morning and thinking he can get away with it," Harran said. "He will be in jail shortly."

Police say Table stabbed a homeless man at a camp in North Philadelphia Monday night. He was then taken into custody and transferred back to Bucks County to face homicide charges.

Investigators didn't say whether Table used the same knife he allegedly used to kill Priestley. The homeless man is expected to survive, investigators said.

Table was limping as police led him to an arraignment in Bensalem. Investigators did not reveal if or how he was injured.

Court records don't list an attorney who could comment on Table's behalf.

Correction: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the cause of death.

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