This story has been updated to reflect that David Swift has been extradited to Dyer County and is being held in the Dyer County jail with no bond.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG)– The husband of Karen Swift, a woman who was found dead after a Halloween party, has been indicted in her death, the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office announced.
A Dyer County grand jury indicted David Swift Monday afternoon on a charge of pre-meditated first-degree murder in the death of his wife Karen Swift.
The indictment comes more than a decade after Karen Swift’s body was found on Dec. 10, 2011. She was reported missing on Oct. 30, 2011.
According to the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office, her husband was allegedly the last person to see her alive when she returned home from a Halloween party at the Dyersburg Country Club at The Farms.
WREG previously reported the 44-year-old mother of four’s car was found on the side of the road about a quarter of a mile away from her home.
A group of hunters found her body in a nearby cemetery a month later.
Previous court records showed Karen Swift was in the process of filing for divorce a few weeks before she disappeared.
The autopsy report, which was released in Nov. 2018 after being sealed for seven years, said that Karen was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. She also had multiple bone fractures and was partially clothed.
The sheriff’s office concluded its investigation and turned evidence over to District Attorney General Danny Goodman’s office in October 2019.
Goodman told us Tuesday that after all these years his team was ready to present a case to the grand jury.
“From beginning to end we started over. Just to get a fresh look at it,” Goodman said. “We just felt like we had the evidence that we need at this time, the prosecution, we did some new testing in the last couple of years, we waited for the results to come back.”
David Swift, who has since remarried and moved to a home outside Birmingham, Alabama, was arrested Monday afternoon by members of the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Jefferson County Alabama Sheriff’s Department.
“Today is a good day for law enforcement and I’m very pleased the grand jury returned an indictment against (David) Swift,” said Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box. “We have literally spent thousands of hours on this case and a lot of that time was spent dispelling false information and rumors. Our investigators never gave up and just kept going through the evidence and I want to sincerely thank them for their diligence in this case.”
Goodman is also pleased that the case is moving forward.
“So it’s never to the point you’re going to be happy and jumping up and down excited about but I’m happy we can get to the point to try and get justice in the case,” he said.
The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office said Monday night Swift would remain in custody at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office without bond until an extradition hearing took place.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office said Swift was extradited back to Dyer County after he waived his rights to an extradition hearing.
He remains in the Dyer County Jail without bond and will appear in court Wednesday morning.
He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted.