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Romantic jealousy may have led to murder

The ashes of a broken romance often rekindle, and the resulting flames can be intense and all-consuming. In some cases, the re-kindled flames can lead to violent crime. This scenario is the possible cause of the recent murder of a woman from Apopka.

The woman was found by police in response to a 911 call, allegedly made by the woman's former boyfriend. The man called 911 and told them that a masked, armed female intruder had shot him in the foot as he was returning a key to the victim. When deputies arrived at the home, the woman was allegedly wearing only underwear, and her hands and face were covered in duct tape. Her feet were attached to the bottom of a bed post with cable ties. Police say that she was unresponsive when they arrived, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police allege that the man and the victim had been in a romantic relationship and had lived together. The man allegedly learned that the woman had been unfaithful to him and moved out. He had installed an app on the victim's cell phone to keep track of her movements. Police claim they found a bag of cable ties in the car that the man drove to the victim's home. The man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Seminole County jail without bail. The precise evidentiary grounds for the arrest and murder charge were not disclosed.

The circumstantial evidence in the case appears to be strong, but an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to find weaknesses that could be helpful when crafting an effective defense. In any event, anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult a capable attorney for advice on how the law and the evidence will affect the outcome of the case.

Source:, "Woman killed by ex-roommate was found duct taped to bed, deputies say," Adrienne Cutway, April 11, 2018

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