David W. Roming is accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend right after his story of a house invasion unraveled.
(Marion County Sheriff’s Office)
A Florida male who unintentionally texted a detective rather of his wife and predicted his own arrest saw his forecast appear true and has been billed for the murder of his reside-in girlfriend.
Marion County Sheriff’s officers mentioned they responded to the home of fifty two-12 months-aged David W. Roming on Jan. thirty for a documented home invasion with any individual shot.
When they arrived, they identified Roming’s live-in girlfriend, sixty four-12 months-previous Sally Kaufmann-Ruff, unresponsive in the grasp bed room, with a solitary gunshot wound to the right side of her head, the Ocala Star-Banner described.
Kaufmann-Ruff was taken to a medical center, exactly where she died of her accidents.
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In accordance to courtroom files, Roming consented to a look for of his house, which uncovered a make-shift metallic using tobacco pipe in the front lawn, an L&M brand name partially utilised cigarette on the entrance porch and evidence the entrance doorway experienced been pried open up.
They also recovered a red-and-black fabric from the damaged front door body that Roming mentioned was almost certainly torn from the suspect’s jacket.
The Star-Banner noted Roming told law enforcement he and Kaufmann-Ruff have been asleep in their mattress when he was woke up by an unidentified male leaning over him. He said the suspect was putting on a head-mounted flashlight.
Roming advised police a battle ensued in between him and the suspected robber — and at 1 point he read a loud noise. He said the suspect had a revolver in his right hand and fired a next round at him.
Detective Damon Baxley mentioned in courtroom documents the scene was odd due to the fact Roming indicated he experienced locked the doorway prior to likely to mattress and experienced not touched the locking system considering that the incident.
Later in the working day, Baxley mentioned he gained two textual content messages from Roming’s mobile phone that mentioned, “I feel they had been going to arrest me” and “Think they are going to arrest.”
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Roming advised detectives he experimented with to send out those messages to his spouse, but accidentally despatched them to Baxley, he was frazzled simply because nothing at all like this experienced at any time transpired to him.
In accordance to law enforcement reviews, Roming also texted his wife to say he experienced a extremely bad evening and that someone experienced damaged into the home and that his girlfriend was shot. He explained “things don’t add up” and that “I am afraid I did one thing I do not bear in mind.”
Detectives explained Tuesday the errant text messages only added to their suspicions about his tale.
Authorities stated Roming’s story of a property invasion additional unraveled when his DNA matched samples taken from the steel using tobacco pipe, on the torn fabric and cigarette butt. Furthermore, detectives believe the cloth was cut with scissors as the edges appeared straight.
Roming had yet another interview with officials on Monday, in which he acknowledged struggling from “blackouts” and that he had “an out-of-physique experience,” the Star-Banner described.
Roming stated he “felt like he was wrestling with himself and the gun went off, capturing Sally.”
Police said Roming at some point told detectives he had staged the property invasion “due to obtaining blacked out in the course of the shooting.” He admitted there wasn’t an intruder.
Roming was arrested Tuesday and charged with homicide, generating a false report of a crime and tampering with proof.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang