A Florida man has been charged for fatally shooting his girlfriend after claiming she committed suicide earlier this month.
Sean Booth Chidester, 39, was charged with murder in the case.
“Thankfully, there are few murders in the Florida Keys, but when they do occur the Sheriff’s Office will always work aggressively and vigilantly to resolve them as quickly as possible,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay to Florida Police Scanner, “I want to thank my staff, the State Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office for their diligent work in resolving this sad case.”
According to deputies, on July 14, 2022 deputies were called to a home on the 1000 block of Sylvia Avenue in Marathon regarding a suicide.
Investigators say Chidester was at the scene when deputies arrived and the body of 38-year-old Daniela Blackburn was inside the home.
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Blackburn suffered a gunshot to the head from a 9mm handgun. Chidester told deputies that Blackburn shot herself while he was in another room.
The autopsy of Blackburn found the fatal wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators say that Blackburn had no prior mental illness or suicidal tendencies.
Chidester was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Jail.