Update in the trial re Elizabeth Heath: John Heath will stand trial in his wife’s death. To follow the court case in Elizabeth Heath’s trial you need these details:
Court: Danbury GA 3 and JD
The docket number: DBD -CR12-0143924-S
|Next Court Date:||7/12/2012 10:00 AM|
Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the chief state medical examiner, was in charge of Elizabeth’s autopsy. “Gough Heath’s maxilla — the upper jaw — had been traumatically amputated from the skull, the warrant states. There also were four separate areas where her skull had been crushed, it states. Carver also found during the autopsy that two arm bones were broken, which is consistent with Gough Heath having defended herself by putting her arms up. The position of the bones indicated that the body had been wrapped in the bedding and placed headfirst in the hole.”
After having been missing for years, Elizabeth’s remains were found on a Poverty Hollow Road property while workers were performing renovation work. Her bones were discovered in an old dry well in the basement of the barn. The dry well was covered by a wood board and cement. The homeowner said that when the boards and cement were removed, garbage bags full of bedding and a femur were found. When police arrived, they said more bones and later an entire human skeleton were found.
John Heath has pleaded not guilty.
Case: Elizabeth Heath-Gough went missing in 1984 while she was divorcing her husband. John Heath had reported his wife missing on April 6, 1984. Heath’s family had Elizabeth declared dead in 1991. In 2010, Elizabeth’s remains were found during a home renovation on the property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road. That is where the couple used to live. John Heath left the property in 2005 when the bank foreclosed on the home. Elizabeth was identified by dental records. Examination found that Elizabeth had been beaten to death. She was killed by at least four blows to her head with a “narrow, heavy” club-like weapon. Then she was wrapped in bedclothes and plastic bags before she was shoved head-first into the 3-feet deep, 18-inch square dry well. In 2013, a jury found John Heath guilty.