Sus­pect texted de­tec­tive, not wife, about girl­friend’s death

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DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who thought he was tex­ting his wife but in­stead ner­vously mes­saged a de­tec­tive “I think they are go­ing to ar­rest me” was charged with mur­der in the death of his live- in girl­friend, au­thor­i­ties said.

Mar­ion County Sher­iff’s of­fi­cials ar­rested David W. Romig, 52, on Mon­day on charges in­clud­ing homi­cide, mak­ing a false re­port and tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said he staged the crime scene to make it look like an in­truder en­tered a home on Jan. 30 and killed Sally Kauf­mann-Ruff, 64, in the mas­ter bed­room of the home in Dunnellon, which is in north Florida.

De­tec­tives quickly found that the ev­i­dence that didn’t match Romig’s story about the home in­va­sion, The Ocala StarBan­ner re­ported . A short time later, he sent two text mes­sages say­ing he thought he was go­ing to be ar­rested.

“I think they are go­ing to ar­rest me,” Romig wrote in the first text, which he said he thought he was send­ing to his wife. The sec­ond text sim­ply said: “Think they are go­ing to ar­rest.”

The ar­rest re­port said Romig also mes­saged his wife and told her that he had a very bad night, ad­ding that some­one had bro­ken in and Kauf­mann-Ruff was fa­tally shot.

He texted his wife that “things don’t add up,” and “I am afraid I did some­thing I don’t re­mem­ber.” He ended with, “If I did this I will kill my­self.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the two er­rant text mes­sages added to their sus­pi­cions.

Af­ter his ar­rest, Romig told de­tec­tives he had been suf­fer­ing from black­outs and that he was “hear­ing voices.” He added that he had “an out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence” and “felt like he was wrestling with him­self and the gun went off, shoot­ing Sally.”

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