Sexual predator charged with first degree murder in death of woman
ORLANDO, Florida – A sexual predator accused of killing a woman and then leaving her body in a wooded area before calling authorities to report he has been charged with first degree murder, court records show.
The Orlando Police Department said James Gafford reported finding the body of Kaitlyn Emery, 29, in the woods near John Young Parkway and Princeton Street on April 21.
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An investigation revealed that Gafford had met Emery at a bus stop two days earlier, had gone into the woods with her and killed her, investigators said.
Authorities did not say how the victim died.
âHe is a disturbed individual. (Gafford) did a horrible, horrible act here, âsaid Lt. Frank Chisari. “He had a relationship with her at one point and he killed her during that relationship.”
He was arrested on June 15.
On Friday, a grand jury heard evidence against Gafford, a registered sexual predator, and decided to charge him with first degree murder, records show.
The indictment means prosecutors could choose to pursue the death penalty in this case, but so far prosecutors have not filed the necessary documents to do so.
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