Tabitha Zelida Wood murders Georgia fiance, Leroy Franklin Kramer Jr, lives with man’s body for two months before detectives found the deceased man’s body following a welfare check after concerns from the victim’s stepdaughter.
A Georgia woman was found guilty of killing her fiancé and living with the 82 year old man’s body for two months before officials discovering the man’s death.
Tabitha Zelida Wood, 46, was found guilty on Friday by a Hall County jury of killing and concealing the death of her fiancé last year, according to court documents obtained by WSB-TV.
Officials said they learned of the death of Leroy Franklin Kramer Jr., 82, after his stepdaughter reported in June that she was concerned for his safety after not hearing from him for several months.
Hall County Sheriff’s deputies then arrived at Kramer’s home and discovered his body.
Wood told deputies that Kramer, who worked as a long haul truck driver had died in early April and that she had been living with his corpse ever since.
Committed financial card theft after victim’s death
An autopsy from the sheriff’s office determined Kramer had died by homicide.
His preliminary cause of death appears to be blunt and sharp force trauma, the sheriff’s office said.
When Kramer’s body was discovered in June, it had already been in the house for two months, during which temperatures in Georgia typically are as high as 86 degrees
During the murder trial, Wood said that she slept beside her dead fiancé for three days before she ‘came to her senses’ and realised he was deceased, something she ‘couldn’t accept’, according to the Gainesville Times.
Wood claimed kicking her fiance in the ribs after the man demanding sex from her and leaving the scene only to return the next day to find him deceased.
An autopsy determined Kramer’s death was not caused by the kicks to the ribs but by blunt and sharp forced trauma.
Wood was found guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, exploitation of an elderly person, concealing the death of another and financial transaction card theft.