Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that a man’s body had been found in a shallow grave in the backyard of a Miami Gardens residence.
Clio Trice, 50, is facing second-degree murder charges after confessing to killing and burying the 81-year-old.
Neighbors are still processing the heinous crime that took place in their neighborhood.
“I’m still shocked; I can’t believe it happened,” said Alex Hughes, who lives next door to where the alleged killing happened. “She snapped, choking him to death and burying him in the backyard.”
After receiving 911 calls from neighbors, the Miami Gardens Police Department had been sent out to a residence in the 200 block of Northwest 194th Terrace on Monday.
According to authorities, a call was received about a woman who was inside the house trying to strangle an elderly man and then trying to bury him in the backyard.
“The female is claiming she killed her husband…” said the 911 dispatcher.
Miami Gardens Woman Arrested After Remains Of Man Found In Shallow Grave Behind Her Home
According to court documents, a 911 caller “advised that his neighbor… had informed him that she had struck the victim in the head, strangled him until he died, and then buried him in the backyard.”
One neighbor videoed the scene on his mobile phone and told the story of what was going on as crime tape was put around the house and officers surrounded it.
Neighbors told 7News that the incident happened on Friday, but she didn’t tell one of her neighbors, who lives across the street, until Monday.
She is also said to have publicly apologized to her neighbors’ while being handcuffed and escorted in a patrol vehicle, as well as confessing to officers.
According to neighbors, the man in the house recently became ill.
“He had lost all of his muscles.” “He’s really tiny because he’s a skinny guy like myself,” Hughes explained.
According to police, Trice and the man were dating and had arguments that resulted in physical altercations.
Trice appeared in front of a judge on Tuesday morning. “There’s probable cause for the charge. I have to hold you with no bond,” said Judge Mindy S. Glazer.
Trice informed them that their dating relationship had devolved into one of “father” and “daughter,” as they frequently fought. She also stated that she intended to turn herself in.