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The Barton Corbin Case

Background and Latest Developments

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On Dec. 4, 2004 Jennifer Corbin was found shot once in the head in her Buford, Georgia home with a handgun beside her. Her 7-year-old son discovered her body and reportedly told police that his dad, Dr. Barton Corbin, had killed his mom.

While authorities were investigating the death of Jennifer Corbin in Gwinnett County, a Richmond County grand jury on Dec. 22 indicted Barton Corbin for the 1990 death of Dorothy (Dolly) Hearn, who was Barton's girlfriend in dental school in Augusta. Hearn was found shot to death in her apartment with a gun in her lap.

Latest Developments

Georgia Dentist Pleads Guilty to Two Murders
Sept. 15, 2006
Four days into jury selection for his trial for the murder of his wife, Georgia dentist Barton Corbin suddenly decided to plead guilty to the murder of his wife Jennifer Corbin and the murder of his former girlfriend Dorothy "Dolly" Hearn in 1990.

Previous Developments

Judge Allows 1990 Evidence in Gwinnett Trial
Mar. 30, 2006
When Georgia dentist Barton Corbin goes on trial for the murder of his wife in April, prosecutors will be able to introduce evidence from the 1990 death of his then dental-school girlfriend to show "similar transaction," a judge has ruled.

Hearing Set in Georgia Dentist's Case
Dec. 20, 2005
Attorneys for a Georgia dentist, who is accused of killing is wife in 2004 and his girlfriend in 1990, will argue that jurors in one trial should not hear about charges his faces in another in a hearing set for Feb. 17.

Attorneys for Georgia Dentist Fight Murder Charges
Oct. 10, 2005
Attorneys for Barton Corbin, the Georgia dentist accused of the murder of his wife in December and his former girlfriend 15 years ago, have asked that the charged be dropped in the 1990 case because they said the state waited too long to indict him for the death of Dorothy (Dolly) Hearn.

Corbin Pleads Innocent in Wife's Death
Jan 27, 2005
Barton Corbin entered a not guilty plea in his wife's death, after waiving his right to an arraignment.

Georgia Dentist Investigated in Third Death
Dec. 7, 2005
Dr. Barton Corbin, who has been indicted by two Georgia grand juries in the connection with the Dec. 4 death of his wife and death of his former girlfriend 14 years ago, is now being investigated in connection with the death of a Georgia woman who disappeared in 1996 and was found a year later in her vehicle at the bottom of an Alabama Lake.

Barton Indicted for Wife's Murder
Jan. 5, 2005
A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted Georgia dentist Barton Corbin for murder in the shooting death of his wife Jennifer Corbin, who was found dead in her bedroom with a handgun by her side.

Investigators Await Gunshot Tests
Dec. 28, 2004
Prosecutors are waiting for crime lab tests< in connection with the shooting death of Jennifer Corbin. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is performing gunshot residue tests on both Jennifer Corbin and her husband, dentist Barton Corbin.

Corbin Indicted in Former Girlfriend's Death
Dec. 22, 2004
The husband of a woman who was found shot in her home two weeks ago has now been indicted for the death of his former girlfriend who was found under similar suspicious circumstances 14 years ago.

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