Walker Co. man pleads guilty to murdering his wife

Police say Steven Denson murdered his wife Christina in November of 2015, and tried to cover up the crime. (Images: Walker Co. Sheriff's Dept. / MGN)

A Walker County man pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering his wife back in November, 2015.

Soon after 43-year-old Steven Denson's arrest a year and a half ago, he admitted he shot his wife at their home on Kemp Road in LaFayette.

Denson told investigators it was accidental, but detectives concluded his explanation was not consistent with physical evidence.

Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herbert Franklin says before she died, his wife Christina told friends Steven would pull a gun on her during arguments. She also said one time he hit her in the leg with a shotgun.

Franklin says Denson didn't call for medical help for his wife, and made efforts to conceal the crime. Denson cleaned the floor and dressed his wife's body in clean clothes. He hid the handgun in a shop building on the property.

Authorities located her body days after the murder, when Denson told a friend about the incident.

Police found Christina's vehicle hidden in the woods, and her body had bruises on her arms and legs.

Franklin says Denson was a convicted felon, and should not have owned a gun under Georgia law.

Walker County Superior Court Judge Don Thompson sentenced Denson to serve the rest of his life in prison. He won't be eligible for parole until November, 2045.

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