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Man: I Killed Wife Over No Sex

August 2, 2000

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) _ Police found the body of a 58-year-old woman buried in her yard Wednesday after her husband allegedly admitted killing her because she refused to have sex.

Edward Heckman, 64, told investigators late Tuesday that he shot his wife, Janet, in the head and chest with a hunting rifle while she lay in bed, Clayton County police Sgt. Johnny Robinson said.

Heckman, who is retired, was charged with murder. He was being held without bond pending a court hearing in two weeks. It was unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment.

The couple had been married for 37 years and had no children. Police said the couple had no history of domestic violence and Robinson said Heckman did not explain why the disagreement over sex turned violent.

Edward Heckman had told his wife’s sister in Chicago on July 26 that his wife was flying there to visit, police said. When Janet Heckman did not arrive, the sister called police Sunday and reported her missing.

Police went to the house Sunday and found nothing, but Heckman acted ``a little suspicious,″ Robinson said.

Investigators interviewed Heckman again Tuesday night and said he confessed.

``He finally broke and said `I did kill her. Come outside and I’ll show you where she’s buried,‴ Robinson said.

Officers found his wife’s body wrapped in a blanket and buried two to three feet deep beside the couple’s secluded home in Jonesboro, 16 miles south of Atlanta, he said.

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