A man called 911 to say his fiancé was murdered and his house robbed, but he was the killer, police claim.
Phillip Keller,39, of Merritt Island, Florida, was arrest on May 20 in connection to the slaying of Alicia Campitelli on May 15, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and tampering with evidence.
Keller was booked into jail and bond has not been set in his case.
Around 11:15 a.m. May 15, police got a 911 call from Keller who said he arrived home to find his fiancé, Campitelli, dead, according to the sheriff’s office.
Keller also said it appeared his house had been robbed and Campitelli was shot, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies arrived at the home and found Campitelli dead from the gunshot wound. Witnesses reported hearing the shooting shortly before Keller called 911.
Investigators found Keller made suspicious financial transactions at businesses using Campitelli’s accounts, according to the sheriff’s office. A citizen also provided police information about the crime.
Sheriff’s officials did not release a possible motive for the killing when they announced the arrest.
When officers went to arrest Keller, he tried to flee in to a nearby creek. Police caught him shortly after he went into the water, police said.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey said he wanted to thank locals who provided information about the case. He added he spoke to the victim’s family who wanted to thank the community for their support.
“They are very appreciative of everyone who assisted them in their time of need,” Ivey said.