Man extradited to Dyer Co. on 1st-degree murder charge in the death of Karen Swift

A grand jury indicted David Swift on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder in the death...
A grand jury indicted David Swift on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Karen Swift, an 11-year-old case.(Dyer County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 11:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT
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DYERSBURG, Tenn. (KFVS) - A man living in Alabama who was indicted in connection with the murder of his former wife, the late Karen Swift, has been extradited back to Dyer County.

A grand jury indicted David Swift on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Karen Swift, an 11-year-old case.

According to the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office, Swift appeared before an Alabama judge on Tuesday morning and waived his rights to an extradition hearing. He was then immediately transported back to Dyer County.

Swift will appear before Circuit Court Judge Mark Hayes on August 10 at 9 a.m. to be arraigned on the premeditated first-degree murder charge. He remains in the Dyer County Jail with no bond.

David Swift, a resident of Dyer County, has been charged with pre-meditated first-degree murder.
David Swift, a resident of Dyer County, has been charged with pre-meditated first-degree murder.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said David Swift, a former resident of the county, was allegedly the last person to see the mother of four alive after she returned home from a Halloween party on Oct. 30, 2011 at the Dyersburg Country Club at The Farms.

Her car was found abandoned with one flat tire on the side of the road less than a half-mile from her house.

Karen Swift’s body was later found on Dec. 10, 2011, near Bledsoe Cemetery.

David Swift was arrested Monday, August 8 in Alabama, where he has been living.

“Today is a good day for law enforcement and I’m very pleased the grand jury returned an indictment against Swift,” Sheriff Jeff Box said. “We have literally spent thousands of hours on this case and a lot of that time was spent dispelling false information and rumors. Our investigators never gave up and just kept going through the evidence and I want to sincerely thank them for their diligence in this case.”

The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office turned over their evidence after concluding their investigation in October of 2019.

The cause of Karen Swift’s death has not been released.

David Swift, a resident of Dyer County, has been indicted by a grand jury on the charge of...
David Swift, a resident of Dyer County, has been indicted by a grand jury on the charge of pre-meditated first-degree murder in the death of his former wife Karen Swift.

“The one thing that held true since the early stages of the investigation into Karen’s death was that David was always a suspect because all the evidence pointed to him,” Box said. “We were able to rule anyone and everyone else out involving this tragic murder and the grand jury made the right decision today by indicting him on a pre-meditated first-degree murder charge.”

Swift is being held without bond at the Jefferson County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office until an extradition hearing can be held. This could happen as soon as Tuesday.

If convicted, Swift could spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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