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Friday, August 27, 2004

GPS planted on husband's car leads cops to 'missing' wife's body

Posted on Fri, Aug. 27, 2004

JACKSONVILLE

Husband pleads guilty to killing 'missing' wife

A man who reported his wife missing in Key West, then unwittingly led officials to her body when a GPS device was attached to his car, has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Michael Garvin, 64, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the second-degree murder of his wife, Shirley Garvin. As part of the plea deal, he was expected to receive a life sentence at an Aug. 31 hearing.

''He wishes to spare his family of what potentially could have been a two- to three-week-long high-profile trial,'' defense attorney Mark Miller told Circuit Judge Karen Cole.

Garvin told police his wife disappeared while the couple vacationed in Key West in February 2003. But investigators didn't believe him and kept him under surveillance by secretly attaching a global positioning satellite monitor to his Volkswagen. They followed him to her remains in Jacksonville six weeks after she disappeared.

An autopsy showed Shirley Garvin had been shot in the head.

There were traces of blood in the Garvins' bedroom and garage and on the floorboard of Shirley Garvin's Jaguar, said Assistant State Attorney John Guy. Garvin also faced circumstantial evidence, including testimony about extramarital affairs and evidence that he initiated two Internet dating relationships after reporting his wife missing.

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