Farrel A. Stark, 43, of Hardy, is being charged with first degree murder. The pre-trial date of his case was changed from Nov. 24 to Feb. 17, according to the Fulton County Clerk's Office.
Stark had claimed to some Hardy residents that his girlfriend, Theresa M. Kosik, 42, of Hardy, had died.
This news had the residents concerned. Some called the Heath Funeral Home to find out when services where going to be held for Kosik, but her body was not at any of the area funeral homes.
Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose decided to conduct a welfare check on Kosik on Sept. 2.
At the residence, Rose found Stark and questioned him. According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Stark told Rose that he and Kosik had been drinking heavily on Friday, Aug. 29. Kosik passed out and Stark couldn't wake her up. Stark said she was pronounced dead at the Fulton County Hospital.
Dillinger checked out Stark's story with the hospital and the coroner while Rose checked Sharp County funeral homes. None were able to confirm Stark's story.
After talking to Dillinger, Rose went back to Stark to question him further.
"I'm going to get to the bottom of this and you know it," Rose said he told Stark. "You need to tell me where Theresa is."
Stark then, reportedly, told Rose, "I killed her."
According to the affidavit Stark said, He had shot Kosik three times in the head with a .22 caliber rifle on Aug. 29.
Stark's jury trial in the Fulton County Circuit Court is set for March 17-20. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.