St. Landry

Mar 11, 2014 4:44 PM by Ian Auzenne

Affadavit: Tillett lied about details of wife's death

An affidavit submitted in St. Landry Parish court states that the husband of a woman whose remains were found buried under a shed lied multiple times to investigators.

According to the affidavit, Sandra Tillett's daughter contacted authorities after her stepfather, Arthur Tillett, admitted that Sandra had died on July 7.

Arthur Tillett allegedly told his stepdaughter that Sandra died in July in Gary, Indiana, following an illness and had been cremated. However, investigators say no death records for Sandra Tillett in Gary, Indiana. In addition, the affidavit states the funeral home that Tillett claimed cremated his wife did not exist.

Arthur Tillett also allegedly told an ex-girlfriend in Georgia that Sandra had died at a Gary, Indiana, hospital while traveling to Georgia. The affidavit says Tillett sent numerous death threats and other threatening messages since they broke up in July 2013.

The affidavit continues by saying that an autopsy showed that Sandra Tillett was on several medications and on oxygen. According to the document, Arthur Tillett called the Veterans Administration Pulmonary Clinic days before his wife's death to remove his wife's oxygen tank from his home.

The affidavit also says another neighbor told investigators that Sandra Tillett once said to her that Arthur Tillett refused to purchase the lung medication prescribed to her by doctors. A doctor told investigators that Sandra Tillett stopped taking the drugs because she supposedly could not afford them, even though she qualified for the medicine.

Forensic investigators are still trying to determine the cause Sandra Tillett's death. Arthur Tillett is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly fleeing to Georgia during the investigation and for allegedly lying to investigators. He's also charged with cruelty to the infirm and unlawful disposal of remains.

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