On Tuesday, the Marian County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 52-year-old Florida man who called the authorities after an alleged home invasion which happened on the 30th of January. The authorities later learned that the crime scene was staged to cover up the murder of the Florida man’s live-in girlfriend.
Florida Man Accidentally Sends Text Message to Detectives
According to Damon Baxley, one of the detectives in charge of the home invasion and homicide case, 52-year-old David W. Roming called the authorities on the 30th of January after someone allegedly broke into his home and shooting his 64-year-old girlfriend.
Upon arriving at Roming’s home, the authorities discovered the body of 64-year-old Sally Kaufmann – Ruff, with a single gunshot wound to right side of her head. The victim was transported to the hospital where she later passed away as a result of her injuries.
During his police interview, Roming declared that he woke up in the dead of night with an individual leaning over him. The Florida man could not discern any facial features, as the man was wearing a lit headlamp.
A fight ensued, Roming trying to grab the suspect’s revolver. At one point, the man recalls hearing two distinct shots, after which the suspect vanished.
The Florida man’s story had many inconsistencies from the very beginning, including some piece of evidence found in Roming’s yard that bore his DNA and not the suspect’s.
Baxley said that several days later, he received a text message on his phone from Roming in which he wrote that the police must have figured out that he killed Kaufmann-Ruff and not some home invader.
The Florida man was asked to show up to a second police interview where he admitted that he intended to send the message to his wife, but failed to do so. He also claimed that he could have killed Kaufmann-Ruff, on account of suffering from frequent blackouts and having out-of-body experiences.
Roming also declared that, on the night of the murder, he had a blackout and woke up with the revolver in his hands and heard strange gurgling sounds coming from his live-in girlfriend.
The authorities arrested Roming and charged him with first-degree murder, filing a false report, and tampering with evidence.
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