Fla. Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Fiancee Day Before Wedding


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Fla. Man Accidentally Shoots, Kills Fiancee Day Before Wedding

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — A man who thought there was an intruder in his house shot and killed his fiancee the day before they were to be married, police said Friday.

"Right now everything points to a tragic accident," Police Chief Kevin Brunelle told The Associated Press, adding investigators were awaiting forensic results.

John Tabutt, 62, told investigators he got his gun when he thought he heard an intruder, then fired at a figure in the hallway, according to Brunelle. It was Tabutt's live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore, who family members say he was going to marry Saturday. Tabutt told authorities he thought she was next to him in bed the whole time.

A message left for a phone number listed for the house was not returned.

Brunelle said no charges have been filed against Tabutt, adding the information he provided has been verified and he appeared "very distraught."

Tabutt was "very concerned about her well-being," standing by while she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Brunelle added.

The couple planned to wed in a small ceremony Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winter Springs, Dinsmore's son-in-law Scott Sposato, of Vero Beach, told the Orlando Sentinel.

"They loved each other," he said. "It was quite apparent."

Tabutt called 911 shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, moaning and sobbing, the newspaper reported.

"I thought I had an intruder in the house," he told the emergency dispatcher. "Honest to God, she looks dead."

He then thought he heard her take a breath.

"Hang in there, Honey. Hang in there," he said.

Winter Springs is about 15 miles north of Orlando.

Hmmm. Not how to make friends and influence people.

Another reason to NOT live together before marriage - though if this guy is THAT out of it, and failed to ID a threat, and failed to ID his mate in bed next to him as he arose, I doubt his marital status would change this outcome.

Maybe he just REALLY didn't want to get married... like the joker in NYC committing 'suicide-by-cop' on his wedding day. :no:
I'll bet he'll have a more difficult time convincing the life insurance company to pay out. We'll have to check back on this story in a few months to see how it all plays out.

Why folks don't "positively identify" their target before shooting is beyond me. If it was an "accident", then this guy should be ordered to some type of firearms training by a reputable organization. Now it's something else, then this guy should go the way of Ted Bundy and face the maximum penalty allowed by law.

These kinds of incidents irritate me. :angry:


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