A University of Georgia professor was found dead outside a hot tub, her boyfriend was arrested and another man apparently took his own life in what the county sheriff called "one of the party cases we've ever worked."
Sydney Clark Heindel, 69, called 911 around 1 a.m. Sunday to report that a woman had been under water in the hot tub at his home in Milledgeville for a minute or two and was unresponsive, according to Baldwin County Sheriff's Office incident report. When deputies arrived, they found Marianne Clopton Shockley naked and unresponsive on the pool deck bleeding heavily from a head injury. Heindel and "another nude male subject," identified as 41
An autopsy showed Shockley, 43, was strangled, CBS affiliate WMAZ-TV reports. Police told CBS affiliate WGCL-TV that Lillard had only known Shockley for a few months but the two were dating.
Shockley was a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia.
"On behalf of the university, I like to express our deepest sympathy to the family, students and colleagues of Dr. Marianne Shockley," university spokesman Greg Trevor said in An email.
Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said a record at the scene suggests alcohol was a factor in the killing, WMAZ-TV reports. He's still waiting for toxicology reports to come back to see if he played drugs and roles as well.
Lillard said he had been in the woods for about 15 minutes gathering firewood and when he returned Shockley "passed out" in the hot tub, the report says. The deputy noted in his report that there was already a large pile of firewood near the firepit, and that seemed to be gathering more because it had been raining heavily earlier in the day.
When Shockley didn't respond , Lillard picked her hot tub, jumped in the pool, swam her other side and set on the pool deck, Lillard told deputies. Lillard said he fell while carrying Shockley and he was injured.
Heindel said he was at the other end of the swimming pool while Shockley was in the hot tub and that when Lillard returned from the woods and found Shockley unresponsive, they pulled her out and started doing CPR, the report says. Shockley appeared to be breathing, Heindel said he was regaining consciousness and did not call 911 until about 45 minutes later.
Lillard and Heindel, with Lillard in the back of a patrol Car and Heindel on his front porch.
Deputies found a pair of glasses on the pool deck with what appeared to be blood next to them on the concrete. They also found two spots in the grass just off the pool deck that appeared to be blood soaked and found by a woman's bracelet nearby in the grass.
Heindel a question, he found that Heindel was no longer on the porch. The Deputy Knocked On The Door And Heindel's Name, He Heard And "Loud But Muffled Noise," The Report says. , the report says.
"It's one of the party cases we've ever worked … it was just a sort of bizarre type of case," Massee said.
Lillard was taken to the sheriff's office for further investigation. Lillard was arrived at Baldwin County jail in Milledgeville, about 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. A sheriff's office spokeswoman did not know if Lillard had an attorney who could comment on charges, and no court records were available.