Suspect allegedly staged break-in to cover up girlfriend's murder

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People who are afraid of being charged with a serious crime will often go to great lengths to conceal their crime. A man living in Dunnellon, Florida, was recently arrested and charged with a number of violent crimes in connection with the shooting death of the woman he lived with.

Early on the morning of January 30, a man called 911 saying that an intruder had invaded his home and that his girlfriend had been accidentally shot in the ensuing scuffle. When Marion County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, they said that a white male met them at the door and pointed out a crowbar and a partially smoked cigarette. The male allegedly told police that he had never seen the crowbar or the cigarette. Police also found a piece of fabric on the front door. The man's girlfriend was found lying on a bed with a fatal gunshot wound to her head. The suspect allegedly told police that he awoke to find a man wearing a headlamp standing over him.

Investigators made several findings that caused them to reject the suspect's account of the incident. The suspect's DNA was found on the cigarette butt, and the piece of cloth showed signs of having been purposely cut with scissors. The suspect told police that he suffers from blackouts and that he had several "out-of-body" experiences. The suspect was arrested and charged with premeditated murder, making a false report to law enforcement and tampering with evidence.

The defendant in this case is facing extremely serious criminal charges. If convicted, he could serve many years in prison or even face the death penalty if premeditated murder is proved. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer could provide a helpful evaluation of the law and evidence that will govern the case and assist in formulating an effective defense strategy.

Source: clickorlando.com, "Man stages home invasion to cover up girlfriend's murder, deputies say," Emilee Speck, Feb. 13, 2018

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