DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of a former Newtown man accused of killing his wife in 1984 and burying her body under the floor of their barn.

The trial of 70-year-old John Heath of Bridgewater is set to begin Sept. 25 in Danbury Superior Court. The News-Times reports jury selection began Tuesday after Heath rejected a plea deal and told a judge he is innocent. Two jurors were chosen.
Elizabeth Heath’s skeletal remains were found in 2010 by a contractor working on the barn on the Heaths’ former property in Newtown. The medical examiner ruled she died of blows to her head, and police charged John Heath with murder last year.

Heath has said his wife disappeared in 1984 and he didn’t know where she went.


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