David Swift was sentenced Monday afternoon after a Dale County grand jury indicted him with premeditated first-degree murder against Karen Swift.
Karen Swift murder: 10 years after husband David Swift was arrested for killing wife
Karen Swift’s body was found on December 10, 2011, more than a decade after her disappearance on October 30, 2011.
Representatives from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama teamed up to capture David Swift on Monday afternoon.
Sheriff Jeff Box was delighted and moved by a grand jury decision on Monday to indict David on murder charges. His office has been investigating the death for nearly a decade.
The sheriff’s office concluded its investigation in October 2019 and provided evidence to the office of District Attorney General Danny Goodman. Jeff admired the thoroughness of Goodman and his team in examining the evidence ahead of Monday’s grand jury statement.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will hold David without bail ahead of an extradition hearing on Tuesday, as expected. If found guilty, David could spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.
Podcast on the Cold Case of Karen Swift’s Disappearance
The Spider’s Web of Karen Swift’s Murder is a podcast published by Apple Podcasts on its website.
The podcast lasted about 1 hour and 6 minutes. Tracey and Heather’s Justice Warrior duo outline all the legal and procedural entanglements surrounding Karen Swift’s killing, while also sharing audio evidence to back them up.
All the calls and recordings they received from witnesses in the Karen Swift murder investigation were played on the podcast.
The podcast team provided such a succinct explanation, helping people understand what happened to Karen, and was well-received by listeners.
According to the Dell County Sheriff’s Office, her husband was the last person to see her when she came home from a Halloween party at the farm’s Dillsburg Country Club.
How did Karen Swift die?
According to an earlier report by WREG, Karen Swift’s car was found abandoned on the side of the road about a quarter of a mile from her residence. A month later, a group of hunters found her body in a nearby cemetery.
Her house was again in the spotlight when police searched her house. On Thursday, 2013, no one opened the door at the Swift home on Willie Johnson Road, north of Dyersburg, despite two cars parked in the driveway.
When Dale County investigators came to work Wednesday night with a search warrant, the two-story home was far from silent.
Even though Karen only recently filed for divorce from David Swift and was last seen there, she was the last known there.
Karen was murdered by blunt force trauma to the head, according to the autopsy report, which was made public in November 2018 after being hidden for seven years. Also, she was only partially clothed and had many broken bones.