Woman charged with murdering an elderly couple in Florida retirement community
A Georgia woman was charged with murder after she allegedly killed an elderly couple in a Florida senior living facility on New Year’s Eve.
Vickie Williams, 50, appeared in court remotely Saturday, Jan. 7, and was ordered held in the Lake County Jail without bond for the killings of Darryl Getman, 83, and his 80-year-old wife, Shannon Getman, in the Watertown Village retirement community in Mount Dora, reported the station KBTX.
Williams was already charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing a victim’s vehicle. Now, faces two counts of first-degree murder.
Mount Dora Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson said during a press conference last week that on the afternoon of Dec. 30, Williams, “dressed in a particular way,” was escorted out of the Waterman Village complex by security.
The woman stayed in the vicinity and knocked at an apartment door just before 11 p.m. to ask if she could use the shower.
According to police, the female tenant became afraid and pressed the alarm button. Williams fled with a set of keys that she found near her door.
Just after 2 a.m. the following morning, the Getmans’ car, a green Kia Soul, was seen leaving the retirement community.
At around 4 p.m. that same day, Darryl and Shannon Getman were found dead inside their apartment.
Police tracked down the murdered couple’s stolen Kia with Williams inside in Savannah, Georgia, 280 miles north of the crime scene, and arrested the woman last Tuesday, Jan. 3.
She was initially described as a person of interest before being named a suspect in the double homicide.
The Getmans had lived in Mount Dora for 20 years. They are survived by their grown son and daughter and their grandchildren.
“If there are words to describe what has happened and its impact on our family and the community, we have not found them,” the couple’s heartbroken children said in a statement.
Williams is due back in court for an arraignment on Jan. 30.