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A Florida Newlywed Blocked Her Ex-Husband's Calls. So He Shot Her and Her New Spouse, Cops Say.

Florida Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Ex-Wife and Her New Husband
Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Sony Josaphat was reportedly angry his ex-wife was "disrespecting" him, so he killed her, police said.

Dec. 14 2023, Published 4:07 p.m. ET

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A Florida woman and her newlywed husband were shot to death outside their home, and now police say the woman’s ex-husband has been arrested in connection with the murders.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, officers received a 911 call about a shooting at a residence in West Palm Beach, according to court documents obtained by WPTV.

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Responding deputies found the victims, Kerlande and Marcelline Racine, on the sidewalk in front of the home, officials said.

The suspected shooter, later identified as Marcelline’s ex-husband Sony Josaphat, fled the scene but turned himself in to police a few hours later, allegedly admitting that “he had just killed” the couple, authorities said.

Court records show Josaphat and Marcelline’s divorce was finalized late last month, but family members told WPTV that the couple had not been together for more than a year. Kerlande and Marcelline, a pastor and nurse, were married on Dec. 2.

Detectives learned Josaphat had a history of being controlling and would randomly show up at his ex's home from time to time, officials said.

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According to a witness, the victims were outside — Kerlande was installing security cameras and Marcelline unloading groceries from her car — when Josaphat parked across the street and got out of his car.

Josaphat greeted the couple and then “pulled out a pistol and shot” the pair, court documents state.

Three of Marcelline’s children were inside the house during the shooting as well as one adult who witnessed the deadly incident, officials said.


According to police, the suspect told detectives that his ex-wife “had been disrespecting him and blocked his calls" and he got angry when he found out the couple recently were married.

Josaphat told police he left his apartment on Dec. 9 to take his daughter to the Racines' home, where she was to have breakfast, however, “anger took over him,” that report stated.

Josaphat was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder, and he was being held without bond.

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Family told WPTV that Marcelline moved to Florida from Haiti 25 years ago and was the happiest she had been at the time she was murdered.


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