A former Newtown man accused of murdering his wife in 1984 was in court yesterday where the judge set a date for his probable cause hearing. John Heath will be back in Court on June 19th on a charge that he murdered Elizabeth Heath nearly three decades ago and hid her body under the floor of a barn on the property they shared.
Newtown Police charged the 68-year-old man on April 30th.
The Bridgewater man is being held on $1 million bond. Heath entered a not guilty plea to the charge. He was also ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of his bond. He reportedly has a daughter living in Puerto Rico.
The new owner of the couple's former property on Poverty Hollow Road discovered her skeletal remains under a barn floor two years ago.
Heath has said his wife disappeared and he didn't know where she went.
The arrest affidavit quotes a relative saying the victim feared her husband would kill her. Elizabeth Heath's sister-in-law said she told her while crying that her husband was going to kill her and that if anything happened to her "you know that John did it.''