KVIA, JUPITER, Florida – A man arrested in Las Cruces, New Mexico earlier this year and extradited back to Florida on accusations of murdering his wife has now accepted a plea deal and admitted to using virus quarantine rules to try and cover up the killing.
Investigators believe she was killed on March 21, when a neighbor told police they heard a woman’s “blood curdling screams” along with shouts of “No! No!” coming from the Anthony’s garage.
Police later searched the house and found soiled towels, along with droplets of blood and large bleach stains on the floor of the garage.
ABC News previously reported that David Anthony attempted to cover up his wife’s killing by using her cellphone to send text messages that appeared to come from her, telling family and friends that she was in a CDC-required quarantine at a hospital after contracting the coronavirus.
Cellphones belonging to David and Gretchen Anthony pinged off a tower on March 27 in Texas. New Mexico State Police caught up with David Anthony on March 31 in Las Cruces and took him into custody while he was out walking his dog … Read more by clicking the source below.
WPBF, Palm Beach – Officials said they may have found the body of Gretchen Anthony after her husband took a plea deal Monday morning.
In a hearing, David Anthony, 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to 38 years in prison.
As part of the deal, David Anthony was required to tell authorities where the remains of his ex-wife were. At 3:30 p.m., officials said a body was found near Bush Road and Indiantown Road.
In a press conference Monday evening, officials said they didn’t like the idea of making a deal with a killer, but they did it for the victim’s family.
Officials do not yet know how Gretchen was killed. An autopsy will now be performed by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner.
Back in May, a South Florida judge ordered no bond for Anthony, who was facing kidnapping and murder charges. Read more.