Man pleads guilty in death case - Charges: Voluntary manslaughter, abuse of corpse, neglect of dependent


Submitted photo / Gerald Combs


A 29-year-old Jackson County man accused of killing a woman in May and then staging a wreck and starting a fire in an attempt to cover up the cause of her death will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13.

The Jackson Circuit Court sentencing hearing stems from a decision by Gerald Eugene Combs Jr. of Freetown to enter a guilty plea on charges of voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and neglect of dependent in connection with the death of 23-year-old Tabitha G. Brock of Seymour.

Voluntary manslaughter is a Class B felony, punishable by six to 20 years in prison. The other two charges are Class D felonies, punishable by six months to three years in prison.

Brock died sometime late May 10 or early May 11, police and court records indicate. According to autopsy results, Brock was already dead before the fire began.

Seymour Police Officer Ian McPherson was the first to respond to what was thought to be a wreck reported around 2:59 a.m. May 11 where County Road 1075 East comes to a T with County Road 700 North, also known as Enos Road.

Upon arrival, McPherson found a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am engulfed in flames about 20 feet off the road.

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