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A Florida Man Got into a Dispute with the 81-Year-Old HOA President at Their Complex. Then, He Shot Her Dead.

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May 14 2024, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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An HOA dispute at a Florida apartment complex led to two people being murdered and a 75-year-old man under arrest.

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On the afternoon of Dec. 3, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Florida responded to a condominium complex on East Ocean Boulevard. There, 81-year-old Ginger Wallace and her husband, Henry Wallace, also 81, were shot dead.

Police arrested neighbor Hugh Hootman in connection with the shooting.

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Investigator said there was an ongoing dispute and Hootman, 76, lived in the apartment above the victims.


"Ginger was the president of that HOA of that building," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told at the time. "And it does appear to us from witness statements that the shooter and Ginger had some disagreement over HOA issues. I don't know what those were, though."

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There was also an argument between Hootman and Ginger in the days before the shooting, police told the outlet.

Footman recently pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder with a weapon and was ordered to serve two consecutive life sentences, TCPalm reported.


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