2-year old murder case solved

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 12/17 2013 04:17PM

Updated 12/18 2013 05:19PM

Latest: 1:17 pm, 12/18/13, Wednesday
EFFINGHAM COUNTY -- The State's Attorney says an anonymous tip led to the arrests of three people in a murder case. Wednesday, 57-year old Christine Burr was charged with murder.

Police say, in 2011, she lived with Joseph Delaney in the Colonnade Apartment Complex. Police say she got into a fight with Delaney, threw a pot of boiling water on him then stabbed him.

She reported then called her daughter, Kristy Mathis and Zebadiah Houser, to help dump the body. They're charged with covering up the crime.

Delaney's remains were found in Jasper County near the Embarrass River.

Update: 11:50 am, 12/18/13, Wednesday
EFFINGHAM COUNTY -- Three people were in court Wednesday morning after human remains were connected to a cold case of murder. Police say new evidence suggests the remains belong to 54-year old Joseph Delaney who disappeared from Effingham in July, 2011.

57-year old Christine Burr is charged with murder. 40-year old Kristy Mathis and 25-year old Zebadiah Houser are charged with covering it up. Their bonds are set at $200,000.

Police say, eight months after Delaney went missing, human remains were found in Jasper County near the Embarrass River. Police blocked off the area to search for evidence to take to the state crime lab. At the time, the sheriff's office says multiple other law enforcement agencies called for the results.

Now, police say they believe Delaney was murdered at the Colonnade Apartment Complex and his remains later disposed of in Jasper County. All three defendants will appear in court again on December 23.
Original: 4:17 pm, 12/17/13, Tuesday
EFFINGHAM -- Human remains have helped solve a two year old murder case. Joseph Delaney, of Effingham, disappeared in 2011. Investigators found his remains nine months later in Jasper County, near the Embarrass River.

Police say a tip connected three people to Delaney's death. They say he was killed inside an apartment complex and his body was dumped.

Christine Burr is charged with murder. Kristy Mathis and Zebadiah Houser are being charged with helping cover it up.

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