A Florida man fatally shot his “disrespectful” wife at point-blank range as she sat on a couch — because she wouldn’t shut up, police said.
Fernando Leopoldo De Baere, 73, then coolly walked to a neighbor’s home after the shooting at a Plantation home late Wednesday and confessed to killing 47-year-old Marisa Sherman, according to a police report obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
De Baere, whose legs and boxer shorts were spattered with blood, told responding officers that he and Sherman were arguing about her interactions with a former coworker when he got upset about the disrespectful “way that she was talking to him,” according to the report.
De Baere said he told Sherman to stop, but the offending banter continued, prompting him to grab a .38-caliber revolver and shoot his wife in the face “one or two times” from roughly three feet away.
“She still would not listen to him,” the report said.
Sherman was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was inside the home at the time aside from De Baere, WPLG reports.
De Baere put the gun used in the shooting back inside a closet before going to a neighbor’s house to admit what he just did, police said. Sherman was then found sitting upright on a living room couch with an apparent gunshot wound to the face, according to the station.
Detectives later found the suspected murder weapon in a master bedroom closet, where De Baere had told them it would be. Two spent casings were found inside the weapon, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
De Baere remained held without bail Monday at Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.
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