Jennifer Lynn Hearn Killed Husband, Buried Him In Hog Pen, Lied On Facebook, Police Say
|via Brevard County Sheriff's Office|
|Jennifer Lynn Hearn|
Turns out, her husband, Carl "Cliff" Hearn, didn't exactly leave her. Police now say Jennifer Hearn shot and killed him during a late night argument and then buried him under a hog pen in their Melbourne back yard.
The Hearns were known to have a "turbulent" marriage, reports Florida Today, although police had never responded to any domestic violence complaints at the house.
The two had raised three daughters together in a large house on the outskirts of Melbourne since the mid-90s and ran a landscaping company together.
Two months ago, Jennifer Hearn started telling neighbors that her husband had "gone up north" to live with a girlfriend, according to Florida Today. Many were suspicious because he'd apparently left his truck behind.
Then sometime in the last week, an anonymous tip reached the Brevard County Sheriffs Department: Hearn had told a friend that she'd actually shot her husband during a fiery argument.
"Her story was that he left her high and dry and moved out," Lt. Tod Goodyear, a department spokesman, told the paper. "They had a history of problems. We never had any domestic-violence calls, but people have said he was abusive."
Yesterday, police started digging under a hog pen behind a shed in the Hearn's backyard. They found Cliff's decaying remains under about two feet of soil.
Jennifer Hearn, a 40-year-old with a clean criminal record, now faces a second-degree murder charge in her husband's death.
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