Fort Worth

Teacher’s wife covered up for husband in double slaying, police say

Tiffany Heath was arrested Thursday on a warrant accusing her of tampering with evidence in the case.
Tiffany Heath was arrested Thursday on a warrant accusing her of tampering with evidence in the case. GoFundMe page

The wife of a Cedar Hill middle school teacher accused this week of capital murder has been arrested, accused of helping cover up her husband’s alleged crime.

Tiffany Nicole Heath, 29, was arrested Thursday at the downtown Fort Worth police station on a warrant accusing her of tampering with evidence.

She was booked into the Fort Worth city jail, and her bail was set at $5,000.

Her husband, Cary Heath, was being held Thursday in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $1 million, accused of shooting Daniel Haros and Phillip Evans Garcia multiple times with an “assault rifle,” then beating both with its butt.

Tiffany Heath previously told homicide Detective Kyle Sullivan that her husband had admitted to her the morning after the double slaying that he was responsible for the two slayings, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

She also told Sullivan that her husband had asked her to clean the blood in the gun safe and hide a rifle magazine with green bullets under the bed in the master bedroom, states the affidavit, written by homicide Detective E.C. Pate.

“Tiffany Heath admitted to Detective Sullivan that she cleaned the gun safe and that she hid a rifle magazine under the bed in the master bedroom,” Pate wrote.

Pate obtained a search warrant for the Heaths’ home in the 900 block of Buffalo Springs Drive in south Fort Worth.

In their search, police found evidence that an effort had been made to clean up blood in the gun safe, as well as a rifle magazine with green bullets concealed under the bed in the master bedroom, the affidavit states.

Pate wrote that he “believes that Tiffany Heath knew that an investigation was being conducted in regards to the murders that Cary Heath committed” and that she “intentionally attempted to destroy and conceal evidence of said murders.”

Motive remains unclear

Cary Heath was formally charged Wednesday with capital murder/multiple victims, court records show.

Investigators say they still don’t know what prompted Sunday’s double slaying.

According to Cary Heath’s arrest warrant affidavit, Haros and Garcia had briefly stopped by at a neighbor’s party early Sunday, which Cary and Tiffany Heath had also been attending.

After a friendly, cordial conversation, the two victims left to return home while Cary Heath walked to his own house, states the affidavit, written by homicide Detective J. Cedillo.

Minutes later, multiple gunshots rang out.

A 911 caller told investigators that they had looked outside after hearing the shots and saw a white man standing over Haros, striking him with the butt of a rifle. When the witness yelled at the suspect to stop, Heath pointed the rifle at the witness and asked if they “had a problem,” the affidavit says.

The affidavit states Cary then ran into a neighbor’s home, handed his 1-year-old baby to someone and said: “This is the last time I will see the baby. I killed two people.”

The affidavit states that Tiffany Heath ran outside and soon relayed seeing a dead person in a driveway across the street.

Cary Heath was arrested Monday afternoon in the parking lot of Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill. The school district placed him on administrative leave.

GoFundMe page started

Tarrant County records show the couple had been married since July 2012.

Tiffany Heath started a GoFundMe page Wednesday, labeled “Mom needs help raising boys alone.” On the page, she described herself as a mother of three who is struggling financially.

“My family and I have recently suffered from a very unfortunate event, which has left us in a time of need,” she wrote. “I have been raising my three boys on my own, and take care of everything financially. I am doing the best I can but I am struggling to keep up. Every little bit is extremely appreciated in our time of need.”

She had raised more than $2,800 of her $6,000 goal by Thursday afternoon.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd