Hapeville man guilty in disappearance and murder case

5:46 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- Mark Birdow was convicted by jurors of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Abandonment of a Body and weapons charges on Friday.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced the conviction in connection with the 2010 disappearance of Angela Woods.

Birdow, 43, was sentenced to life plus eight years in prison by Fulton County Superior Judge Shawn LaGrua.

According to the Fulton County District Attorney's office, Woods' body was found by two children nearly a month after her death, on August 28, 2010. They said the body, wrapped in linens, was inside a plastic bin along North Central Avenue.

Officers investigated the area, and were led to Birdow's apartment, where neighbors had complained of a foul smell.

Detectives discovered various blood stains inside Birdow's apartment. They found linens that matched those which Woods' body was wrapped in, and a shirt that matched what Birdow was last seen wearing.

Authorities tracked Birdow down, and found him at his mother's house.

Birdow claimed he sustained injuries while cutting meat, leaving the blood stains in his apartment that detectives found.  However, he later confessed that he killed Woods in self-defense.

Police say he hit Woods in the head several times with a metal pipe and repeatedly stabbed her.  He left her body in the bathtub for several days when it began to decompose, before wrapping it in linens, putting it in the plastic bin and leaving it on the side of the road.

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