HAINES CITY, FL — A 60-year-old Lake Wales man told police he had to get rid of the devil after he allegedly shot and killed his former girlfriend and seriously wounded the woman’s friend early Saturday morning. David Murdock was found sitting outside the murder scene when deputies arrived at the Sweetwater Golf and Tennis Community, acccording to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
"Lots of people blame the Devil for their misdeeds, but it takes a person to pull a trigger," explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "We are going to hold Murdock accountable for murdering his ex-girlfriend and trying to kill another woman."
The incident happened at about 1:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Melbourn Drive. Murdock was taken into custody without incident and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed burglary with assault/battery and shooting into a building. A handgun was found near Murdock in the driveway and his gray 2013 Dodge pickup was parked in front of the residence.
"Deputies discovered 66-year-old Sandra Andrews … on the front screened porch of the residenc," said Scott H. Wilder of the sheriff’s office. "She had an apparent gunshot wound to the face. She told deputies that ‘David’ shot her."
Andrews was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and is expected to survive. But first responders were too late to save 56-year-old Lisa Bunce, who was visiting from Ohio and who previously lived in Lake Wales.
Bunce was found dead inside a bedroom closet with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Wilder said.
"According to interviews with friends, Ms. Bunce had a previous troubled relationship with Murdock that had ended in December of 2017, and then she moved to Ohio," Wilder said. "Ms. Bunce recently traveled to Florida after Christmas to visit friends, including Ms. Andrews; Ms. Bunce was to return to Ohio on Jan. 8."
A friend told police that Murdock tried calling Andrews twice on Friday but she did not answer. "Ms. Bunce blocked Murdock’s number so he could not contact her," Wilder said. "The friend told deputies that Ms. Bunce previously told her that Murdock had threatened violence against her in the past."
Murdock was being held at the Polk County Jail without bond.
Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff’s Office