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

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the home in­va­sion, the Ocala Star-Ban­ner re­ported. DUNNELLON — A Flor­ida A short time later, he sent man who thought he was two text mes­sages say­ing tex­ting his wife but in­stead he thought he was go­ing to ner­vously mes­saged a de­tecbe ar­rested. tive “I think they are go­ing “I think they are go­ing to to ar­rest me” was charged ar­rest me,” Romig wrote in with mur­der in the death of the first text, which he said his live-in girl­friend, au­thor- he thought he was send­ing ities said. to his wife. The sec­ond text

Mar­ion County sher­iff’s sim­ply said: “Think they are of­fi­cials ar­rested David W. go­ing to ar­rest.”

Romig, 52, on Mon­day on The ar­rest re­port said charges in­clud­ing homicide, Romig also mes­saged his mak­ing a false re­port and wife and told her that he tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. had a very bad night, add

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said he staged ing that some­one had brothe crime scene to make it ken in and Kauf­mann-Ruff look like an in­truder en­tered was fa­tally shot. a home on Jan. 30 and killed He texted his wife that Sally Kauf­mann-Ruff, 64, in “things don’t add up,” and the mas­ter bed­room of the “I am afraid I did some­thing I home in Dunnellon, which don’t re­mem­ber.” He ended is lo­cated about two hours with, “If I did this I will kill north of Tampa. my­self.”

De­tec­tives quickly found In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the two that the ev­i­dence didn’t er­rant text mes­sages added match Romig’s story about to their sus­pi­cions.

Af­ter his ar­rest, Romig told de­tec­tives he had been suf­fer- ing 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.”

Romig told de­tec­tives he “staged the scene due to hav­ing blacked out dur­ing the shoot­ing, set­ting the scene as a home in­va­sion,” the ar­rest re­port said, adding that he ad­mit­ted there was no in­truder. Romig told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he is the sole ben­e­fi­ciary listed in Kauf­man­nRuff ’s will, the re­port said. The pair had lived to­gether for 2½ years. Judge Robert Landt or­dered Romig held with­out bond, and he is on a sui­cide watch at the Mar­ion County Jail in Ocala. His next hear­ing is set for March 20.

An at­tor­ney isn’t listed on court records.

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