A woman found encased in 600 pounds of concrete in a plastic toolbox in Laclede County last month has been identified.

Prosecutors say 57 year-old Sharon Sabla was allegedly shot by her husband, Horst Gunter Sabla, 54, in the back of the head at Thompson's RV Park in Lebanon on Aug. 9, 2008.

Sheriff Richard Wrinkle says Horst Sabla stuffed the body in a black plastic toolbox and kept it in the garage of the family home. A few days later, Sabla told detectives he filled the box with lime and concrete.

Authorities won't say how long Sabla kept Sharon Sabla's body in the home before he eventually dumped the his wife's body about six miles from the couples home.

Hunters found the plastic hinged toolbox on opening day of firearms deer season on November 15th, 2008 and smelled a foul odor emitting from the container and called 911. Cops had to use bolt cutters to open the box which was locked to break it open.

A break in the case came last Friday when a friend of Sharon Sabla went to the Sheriff's department to say she hadn't seen or heard from her friend in some time. Armed with that information investigators obtained a DNA sample from Sharon Sabla's daughter and it came back positive.


Horst Sabla is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, he is being held on no bond. Sabla could also face charges of abandonment of a corpse. His initial arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 today.

UPDATE (12-11-08)

A Laclede County man waived his formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, whose body was found by hunters stuffed in a toolbox that was encased in concrete last month.

Horst Gunter Sabla, who is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on Dec. 22.

He is being held without bond at Laclede County Jail. The probable cause statement alleges that Horst Sabla shot his wife, Sharon K. Sabla, 57, in the back of the head on or about August 9, 2008.

After several days it is alleged that Horst Sabla stuffed his wife's body in a plastic hinged toolbox and poured lime and concrete on the woman's remains. After a couple of months, Horst Sabla dumped the plastic container off of AA and Kinfolk Road near Lebanon.

Hunters discovered the chained plastic container on November 15th, the opening day of firearms deer season.


UPDATE

Monday, January 5, 2009

Preliminary Hearing Scheduled For Man Accused Of Killing "The Lady In The Box":
A preliminary hearing date has been scheduled for the man accused of allegedly killing his wife and encasing her body in concrete.Hunters found the body of a woman covered in concrete in a black plastic toolbox on the opening day of firearms deer season in November.

For more than a month the woman was known as, "The lady in the box."
Laclede County authorities appealed to the public for help in identifying the woman.

Almost a month later investigators identified the woman as Sharon Sabla and charged her husband Horst Sabla with first degree murder and armed criminal action in her death.

The next step is the preliminary hearing where a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for the state to proceed to trial. It is scheduled to be held on January 28th, 2009.

UPDATE

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Man Who Allegedly Killed Wife And Encased Her Body In Conrete Will Stand Trial For Her Death:

A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence against a Laclede County man for him to stand trial for his wife's murder.

Hunters found a black tote type tool box on the opening day of firearm deer season last November. When they couldn't open the box, that was emitting a foul odor, they called 911.

Authorities had to use bolt cutters to remove some chains and to get the lock off of the box. What they found inside was pretty disturbing.....the body of a woman that had been encased in about six hundred pounds of concrete.

After nearly a month of not being able to identify the woman, Sheriff Richard Wrinkle appealed to the public for help in identifying the woman in the box.

Wrinkle said that a tip came in that led them to question 54 year-old Horst Sabla.

According to the probable cause statement filed with the charges against Horst Sabla, he admitted to investigators that he shot his wife, Sharon, in the head on August 9, 2008.

He then allegedly placed Sharon Sabla's body in a black tote type tool box, filled it with lime and then poured concrete on top of her.

He told authorities that he kept the the concrete filled toolbox that held his wife's remains for several months before dumping it down a hill on AA near Lebanon.

Horst Sabla is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the case. He is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on February 23rd.

Laclede County prosecutor Angie Hemphill-Wright has not made public whether she will seek the death penalty in the case.

UPDATE:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Change Of Venue Granted For Man Accused Of Toolbox Murder:

The trial of the man accused of killing his wife then placing her body in a toolbox full of concrete has been moved on a change of venue to Camden County.

Prosecutors say that Horst Gunter Sabla allegedly shot his wife Sharon in the bag of the head in August of 2008 then stuffed her body inside a black plastic box and kept it in the garage of the family home.

A few days later, Sabla told detectives he filled the box with lime and concrete. Authorities say Sabla kept his wife's body in the garage of the family home for several months before he eventually dumped it about six miles from the couples home.

Hunters found the plastic hinged toolbox on opening day of firearms deer season on November 15th, 2008 and smelled a foul odor emitting from the container and called 911.

A trial date for Horst Sabla, who is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, has not been scheduled.



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