David Tronnes and Shanti Cooper-Tronnes.
(Orange County Jail/Orlando Police)
A Florida man accused of killing his wife told detectives he thinks that she slipped and fell in the bath, but does the officials of the woman is completely dry just a few minutes later, the police shooting.
The recordings released Wednesday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel reveal investigators were not buying the version of events offered by David Tronnes, 50, in April the death of the 39-year-old Shanti Cooper-Tronnes, whom he married a year earlier.
“Common sense would tell you if you can pull a woman — soaking wet — out of a hot tub in 3 hours and call the police within six minutes, that is all soaking wet when the police arrive within three minutes,” Orlando police Detective Teresa Sprague told Tronnes. “That’s common sense.”
Tronnes, seemingly surprised, said: “how did everything dry?”
“That is our demand,” Sprague said.
Tronnes, who was arrested on first-degree murder charges in August, told investigators he “did not have the information” they were looking after another researcher said: no one believes his story. In the recordings, a detective also accused him of concocting his emotional reaction to his wife’s sudden death.
“You fake cried about seven or eight hours today,” Sprague continued. “Not one tear came out of your eyes. You’ve fake cried about this woman’s death since we contact with you … There is not a lick of remorse for what you have done to this woman.”
An autopsy has ruled that Cooper-Tronnes died from blunt force trauma to the head and strangulation. Tronnes told the police he found her unresponsive in a half-bath in their house in the chic Delaney Park section of Orlando.
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