NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities unearthed a shallow grave in a wooded part of Coweta County today and recovered the body of a man slain 19 years ago.
Using information from the man convicted of fatally shooting him, officials removed the body of Charles W. Eagle from a 22-inch-deep grave.
Coweta sheriff's Major James Yarbrough said Eagle's body was identified by the clothing he was wearing when he was slain, as remembered by Jerry Weyman Still, the man convicted in Eagle's death.
Yarbrough said some items found on Eagle's body have been sent to his family members for identification, and two spent bullets and Eagle's body were sent to the GBI crime lab.
The 62-year-old Still was sentenced on November 5th to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Connecticut to the 1988 shooting death of the 47-year-old Eagle in a motel. The two, both from Georgia, went to Connecticut to work as boilermakers.
Still said he shot Eagle in self-defense, then drove to Georgia with the body in his trunk and dumped it.
Still also has been serving a life sentence in Bostick State Prison in Milledgeville for the 1988 murder of 27-year-old Jewell Deree Wells in Forest Park.