Georgia man who is accused of murder, arson in female death 2013

Five years after Edith Sheffield, 49, was found dead of shotgun wounds in her Georgia home, her husband Timonthy Larue Sheffield has been charged with the murder.
(Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

A Georgia man was accused of killing his wife and setting fire to their house to conceal the crime after a five-year investigation into the cold case, authorities said.

Timothy Larue Sheffield, was charged Friday with the murder of 49-year-old Edith Sheffield, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. She was married 29 years when she died, court papers show.

The fire department found her body after responding to a fire on Jan. 18, 2013, in a house she shared with her husband on a pond in Coffee County, Georgia, the GBI said.


The death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy determined that Edith Sheffield was died of multiple shotgun wounds, including two rounds in her head.

Sheffield was interviewed by investigators, but never charged.

“He was one of the last people to see her alive,” GBI agent Pro Mark said last year during an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He lived in the house, and he was in the area at the time, so we can’t really exclude him.”

The article also included an interview with Sheffield, attorney at law, J. L. King, who said that the last years were hard on Sheffield, because he had to deal not only with the loss of his wife, but with false accusations by insurer State Farm “that he played a large role in her death.”

The king told the newspaper, “We hope and pray that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice.”

King did not immediately return a call on Monday from Fox News seeking comment.

After a court case 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.


Prior to trial, the court issued a ruling in which she wrote that State Farm refused to pay the claim, “alleging that they have reason to believe that the plaintiff killed his wife and intentionally ignited the fire, given the circumstances surrounding her death and the subsequent fire.”

In her decision, the judge wrote that at a deposition, State Farm attorneys had an admission from Sheffield to acknowledge affairs with at least three women while he was married.

She also wrote that as part of their investigation, GBI investigators found nude photos of a woman on a mobile phone Sheffield used to be the woman on two different occasions shortly before the murder of his wife.

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