Sheriff: Wise County man told deputies he killed his mom

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A 75-year-old Wise County woman was beaten to death and strangled by her son, who told authorities that he killed her to send her to hell, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram.

Deputies found the body of Nancy Heithecker on Mother’s Day, buried under a black robe and trash in the front yard of her Wise County home, which she shared with her 49-year-old son, authorities said Monday.

Kirk Heithecker, 49, was arrested there Sunday evening without incident.

Wise County sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly before 6:30 p.m. after Nancy Heithecker’s daughter called authorities.

The daughter had gone to the home, in the 700 block of County Road 4270, to see her mother for Mother’s Day.

When she asked Kirk Heithecker where their mother was, he told her that he had killed her and put some trash over the body, the affidavit says. He also told the officers “that he killed his mother,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker said in a news release.

Kirk Heithecker told deputies that his mother was sitting on a loveseat in the living room and he kicked her head with his heel, the affidavit says. He then hit her in different places on her body, it says.

He eventually picked up his mother’s body and placed it in the front yard, the affidavit says. He told deputies that he placed his black robe on her, which was part of the process of sending her to hell, according to the affidavit.

When he noticed that he could still see her body, he threw trash on it and a piece of carpet, authorities said in the affidavit.

Nancy Heithecker died from the blows and strangulation, according to an autopsy by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.

“I don’t think we know when the attack occurred,” Susan Gomez, a communications supervisor with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, said Monday. “It’s just she was found Sunday.”

Gomez said that she could not remember any recent calls to the home.

Kirk Heithecker remained in the Wise County Jail on Monday, facing a murder charge. Bail was set at $1 million.

Authorities said Heithecker and his mother were the only ones living at the home at the time of the attack. Records indicate that Heithecker’s wife, Sherry Lynn, died Nov. 16, 2007. At that time, the couple had a son and a daughter.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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