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  • John Heath Sentenced To 50 Years In Wife’s 1984 Murder

    DANBURY — A Danbury Superior Court judge last week sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to serve a 50-year prison sentence for murdering his wife, Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984, at their Poverty Hollow Road home in Newtown.

    Following the murder, Mr Heath concealed his wife’s body in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the 89 Poverty Hollow Road property.

  • Heath Sentenced To 50 Years For Killing His Wife

    A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old.

    A jury convicted Heath in October of beating his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

    The prosecution in the case had asked for a sentence of 53 to 60 years. The defense argued for a 25-year sentence.

  • John Heath Convicted Of Murder In 1984 Killing Of Wife

    DANBURY -- A 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday, October 16, found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 killing of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32.

    The eight-man, four-woman jury determined that the former Newtown resident beat his wife to death, wrapped her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffed them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at their 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown. 

  • Heath Found Guilty Of Murder

    A 12-person jury in Danbury Superior Court has found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 death of his wife, Elizabeth. Her remains were found in 2010 in a dry well beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

    Sentencing of John Heath has been set for December 3. His bail was raised from $1 million to $2 million, and he was returned to Bridgeport Correctional Facility where he has been held since his arrest in 2012,

  • Jury Deliberations In Heath Trial Resume Wednesday

    A 12-member jury at the murder trail of John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater deliberated through the day on Friday, October 11, without reaching a verdict.

    The state alleges that Mr Heath beat his wife Elizabeth, 32, to death in April 1984 and then hid her remains in a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

  • Jury Starts Deliberations at Heath Murder Trial

    DANBURY – The 12-member jury in the John Heath murder trial in Danbury Superior Court deliberated for about one hour on Thursday, October 10, without reaching a verdict.

    The eight-man, four-woman panel is weighing the evidence and testimony presented during the trial that began on September 26.

    The prosecution placed more than 30 witnesses on the stand in the case which is based on circumstantial evidence. The defense called one witness to testify. Defendant John Heath did not take the witness stand.

  • Second Witness Claims Heath Admitted To Murdering Wife

    DANBURY – A man who was incarcerated in the Bridgeport Correctional Center with accused murderer John Heath told a 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on October 8 that Mr Heath, 70, in January had matter-of-factly told him that he had murdered his wife Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984 at their Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.

    Craig Rosenoch, 40, was the second person to have testified in court that Mr Heath had admitted to killing his wife.

  • Defense Lawyer Challenges Police Probe in Heath Case

    DANBURY – The defense attorney for John Heath, 70, the Bridgewater man who is accused of murder in the 1984 death of his wife Elizabeth, 32, challenged the thoroughness of the Newtown police investigation that was conducted after John Heath reported to police that his wife was missing.

  • Prisoner Claims Heath Admitted to Killing His Wife

    DANBURY – A state prison inmate testified at the murder trial of John Heath on October 3 that while they were both incarcerated at the Bridgeport Correctional Center in January, Mr Heath told him that he had killed his wife in 1984 and then hid her remains inside a drainage structure at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.

    Mr Heath is being held on bail and maintains his innocence.

  • Five Witnesses Testify As Heath Murder Trial Starts

    DANBURY — While cleaning out a decayed efficiency apartment in a barn at a Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown in April 2010, Jordan Wright of Redding made a grisly discovery — the skeletal remains of a woman who had formerly lived at that property and who had been reported missing to police by her husband 26 years earlier.