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Sheriff: Wife buried elderly husband in herb garden
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Sheriff: Wife buried elderly husband in herb garden

Winter Haven, Florida - 64-year-old Barbara Scott was arrested and charged with first degree murder Tuesday after Grady Judd, the sheriff of Polk County, says she shot her husband in the back of the head and then buried him in the couple's back yard.

Investigators say the crime happened at 200 S. Goodman Avenue in a quiet neighborhood in Lake Alfred.

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Rick Kyzer lives right next door to the home home Barbara shared with her husband, 78-year-old Benny Scott. Kyzer says of Barbara, "She seemed like a normal grandmother - a normal neighbor."

But detectives say Barbara Scott was anything but normal. They say the convicted felon from Oklahoma was hiding something from her family and friends in her backyard - a secret - about her husband who no one had seen for months.

Barbara's daughter Sonya Braudway lives right across the street from her parent's home and investigators say when she pressed her mother about her father's whereabouts on March 26  Barbara confessed.

Sheriff Grady Judd says Barbara told her, 'Well he fell in the shower and died in early January and I planted him in the herb garden.'

Sheriff Judd adds, "Once she buried him in the herb garden she planted rosemary and parsley over the top of him."

Judd says as Barbara's daughter drove her to the Lake Alfred Police Department to turn herself in Barbara's story continued to change. He says she implied that Benny took his own life.

Investigators believe Benny's body was buried behind the home for two months. When crime scene evidence technicians dug his body up they say they found some important evidence with it.

Sheriff Grady Judd says Benny had been shot once in the back of the head, wrapped in a tarp, with a plastic bag over his head and his hands and feet were bound. He was found in a hole he says about 2 feet deep.

Judd adds, "It's our belief that she just got tired of taking care of him."

Kyzer says, "His health wasn't good at all. I saw him rarely outside but nobody deserves to go like that."

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