Gainesville, GA

Gainesville woman murdered husband with lamp and lived with the body after

Lavinia Thompson

New details have emerged about the Gainesville woman who murdered her older husband and lived with body for two months, according to the Gainesville Times.

The indictment charges 45-year-old Tabitha Zeldia Wood with two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault against a person 65 years and older, exploitation of an elder person, financial transaction card theft, and concealing the death of her 82-year-old fiancé, Leroy Franklin Kramer Jr., according to the Times.

Wood stands accused of murdering Kramer with a blunt object to the neck in the first week of April, after which Wood remained in the house with the remains, the Times says.

The indictment now reveals that Woods assaulted her elderly husband with a lamp, and an autopsy last month revealed that he died of blunt force trauma and sharp force trauma, the Times reports.
Tabitha Zeldia WoodHall County Sheriff's Office

She is also accused of stealing his Bank of America debit card and Visa, the Times says.

Kramer’s stepdaughter, Dianne Payne, contacted police on June 7, after she didn’t hear from Kramer for a few months, the Times reports. Upon conducting a welfare check, the officers discovered Wood living with Kramer’s corpse, WJCL previously reported.

Wood allegedly told them that Kramer died in the first week of April and she’d remained in the house with the body, WJCL added.

Payne described last month how her stepfather had Alzheimer’s, and her mother died in 2011 after being married to Kramer for 21 years, the Times reports.

Payne said her stepfather was a helpful man, and spent his time building things or fixing lawnmowers upon retiring from a career in long-haul truck driving, according to the Times.

Wood is being held in Hall County with no bail set, WJCL reports.

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