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Widow Accused Of Storing Fetuses In Shed

Coach Jim Izard of the womens basketball team of the university of Indiana watches his team from the sideline. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT 18 Mar 1996
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A district attorney must decide whether to prosecute a former Indiana women's basketball coach's widow, who is accused of self-aborting two fetuses and keeping them in a storage shed.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has finished examining the bodies, and all information gathered by law enforcement has been sent to the district attorney, who will decide how to proceed.

The bizarre case began in March when authorities in Bay County, Fla., received a tip that Sarah Jo Warner Izard had told friends that she kept the remains of two fetuses in a storage shed in Rome.

Izard is the wife of the late Jim Izard, who shot himself to death on Feb. 28. The Izards lived in Rome for two years when Jim Izard coached the Berry College women's basketball team. He resigned in January 2005 and moved to Florida, where he committed suicide.

He had coached Indiana from 1989 to 2000, when he was fired.

District Attorney Leigh Patterson would not speculate on possible charges but said her office should make a decision early next year. Others involved in the case say the office faces a difficult decision.

"This is a tough case to begin with," Rome Police Chief Hubert Smith said. "It could be a number of charges, but this is the first time I have dealt with a case like this. To be honest, I do not really know."

Indiana University paid Jim Izard to settle a discrimination lawsuit he filed against the school more than four years ago. The 57-year-old was fired after a 10-18 season. He eventually went on to coach at Berry, but was not coaching at the time of his death.

His lawsuit against Indiana claimed the school violated federal law when it fired him as coach after 12 years and hired Kathi Bennett in March 2000.