An autopsy released Tuesday by the Selby County Medical Examiner on Germantown kindergarten teacher Heather Palumbo-Jones died of asphyxia.
Ms. Palumbo-Jones died in April.
Autopsy report on Heather Palumbo-Jones: http://content.foxtvmedia.com/whbq/autopsyreportHeatherPalumboJones.PDF
According to the report, Ms. Palumbo-Jones' death was a homicide, and her body was burned so badly it had to be identified from dental records.
Documents say her body was found in a thickly wooded area off Highway 64 and Collierville-Arlington Road in the eastern part of Shelby County on April 23, wrapped in an air mattress and burned after being dumped.
Her estranged husband, Christopher Jones, admitted to Germantown Police an argument became physical and led to her death. According to an affidavit, Christopher Jones admitted to disposing of her body and led investigators to the place where the body was discovered.
On July 10 a Germantown Municipal Court judge denied Christopher Jones' motion for a fast and speedy trail.
He was found fully competent to stand trial in June following the results of a court-ordered mental evaluation. He entered an innocent plea and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
His second-degree murder case will likely be turned over to a Shelby County grand jury for indictment.
Ms. Palumbo-Jones was reported missing April 16 after she didn't report to work. A couple of weeks later after searching for her, Jones confessed and led Germantown police to his wife's body in a wooded area in eastern Shelby County.
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