Day in Court for Youth Pastor Accused of Killing His Wife

Brian Golden in court today.
Brian Golden in court today.

Police say Eric Brian Golden confessed to killing his wife on November 17 and burying her in the woods on Fort Stewart. Detectives say he buried her in Bryan County and dumped a suitcase full of her clothes and her purse in Jasper County.

Three days later he led police to her body. The Savannah youth pastor was in court today.

The detective assigned to the case read Golden's written confession in court today and told the judge what Golden did to try to conceal his wife Dee Dee's death.

Golden has been locked up at the Chatham County jail since he was arrested on November 20. While the detective read his confession, Golden began crying. When attorneys were looking at the autopsy photos, Golden turned away.

He told police it was an accident. This is what he said happened, in an excerpt from his letter: "One of my hands was on her face, the other was behind her head. As we wrestled, we lost our footing and fell. I'm not sure what happened, but her head twisted and her neck broke. She was badly injured, she had an odd look on her face like it was frozen in shock. I placed a pillow over her face to hide that look."

The preliminary autopsy report shows Dee Dee died of a broken neck and suffocation.

Several members of Dee Dee's family were in court today and a few members of the Southside Assembly of God Church, where Golden served as the youth pastor.

The judge found enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter,