For more than 10 years, a man lived with the fact that he killed. But he lived free. That was until this week when he randomly walked into a police station to confess to the crime.
Benjamin Moulton, 43, now faces a first-degree murder charge for the 2011 killing of Nicole Rose Scott.
On Dec. 11, 2011, a man found Scott’s body in the woods off University Boulevard in Manatee County, Florida. Deputies arrived and found Scott with trauma to her face, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators determined Scott was strangled and likely dropped off in the remote area several days before her body was found, according to the sheriff’s office.
At that time, detectives questioned Moulton about his connection to Scott, but he denied involvement in the killing. Investigators also did not have enough evidence to connect him to the crime.
Police continued to look at the case over the last decades but could not pinpoint a suspect.
On Sept. 29, 2021, Moulton walked into the sheriff’s office and told deputies he murdered Scott, according to the sheriff’s office.
He said he killed her in a fit of rage and gave details about the crime that were never released to the public, the sheriff’s office noted.
Moulton said he “found Jehovah and couldn’t live with the guilt anymore,” according to the sheriff’s office.