South Georgia woman’s killing case finally reached a closure after arresting her husband five years after her death.
Timothy Larue Sheffield was charged Friday with murdering 49-year-old Edith Sheffield, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. They had been married 29 years when she died, court papers show.
in January of 2013, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that there was a house fire in the 10000 block of Bowens Mill Road.
Deputies and the fire department responded. After the fire was extinguished, the body of Edith Carole Sheffield was found in the residence. The death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined that Edith Sheffield had died of multiple shotgun wounds, including two rounds to her head.
The victim’s husband, Timothy Larue Sheffield, was interviewed by investigators but has never been charged in connection with his wife’s death. He has vehemently denied any involvement.
After a jury trial in 2016, Sheffield won a $270,000 judgment against State Farm after the company refused to pay his insurance claim for fire damage to the house and a motorcycle.
State Farm’s attorneys argued that Larue Sheffield intentionally set the fire to conceal the killing of his wife. During the trial before an eight-person jury, Larue Sheffield acknowledged that he engaged in repeated affairs while married to Edith Sheffield. In the end, the jury ruled Larue Sheffield was entitled to collect the insurance.
Sheffield is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail.