A man’s girlfriend said she wanted him to move out and head to a shelter. So, he killed her with a hammer and left her remains in the woods.
He will now spend decades behind bars.
Recently, James Paul Lally pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in a Florida courtroom. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
Lally admitted to killing his girlfriend, Suzanne LaPierre, with a hammer in February.
Neighbors last saw LaPierre alive at her home in Lee County, Florida, according to the News-Press. The victim’s mother went to check on her daughter after not hearing from her for several days.
She found her daughter’s house filled with blood, the newspaper reported. The evidence included bloody towels, a rake and bloody-drag marks around the house.
"(Deputies) discovered a bloody scene," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said after the killing, The News-Press reported. "Suzanne was beaten to death with a hammer and Lally was on the run."
He was later arrested in Jacksonville, according to CBS 47.
“Lally thought that leaving Lee County would secure his freedom,” Marceno said, according to CBS 47. “You can run but you cannot hide. We will find you. We will put you behind bars.”
Lally confessed to police, the News-Press reported. He said he overheard LaPierre telling someone on the phone she needed him to get him a shelter. That comment “set him off.”
LaPierre asked Lally to move out because she was uncomfortable with him in the home, the newspaper noted. He had moved in six months earlier.
Lally said he moved the victim’s body to the woods and covered it with palm fonds because he knew it was secluded, according to the News-Press.
He then took some of her belongings and pawned them to get money so he could live with relatives in Jacksonville, the News-Press reported.