Police say Angela Stoldt argued with her neighbor over money before killing him and cooking his remains

By Steve Helling
November 19, 2014 12:00 PM

A Florida woman is accused of killing her neighbor and trying to dispose of his body in an at-home cremation.

According to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Angela Stoldt told authorities that she killed James Sheaffer after arguing with him about money. According to the documents, Stoldt confessed to cutting his body up and trying to get rid of the parts by boiling and baking them.

The documents, which were obtained by multiple media outlets, also say that Stoldt, 42, was unable to dispose of the evidence on her kitchen stove. Investigators say she tossed his remains in a dumpster.

“Thursday is when I was cooking him,” Stoldt reportedly told police. “Friday is when I was dumping him.”

Sheaffer, a 36-year-old limo driver, lived across the street from Stoldt, and the pair had a joint bank account. Stoldt told investigators that she was responsible for handling his Social Security disability check, but that he had repeatedly overdrawn funds from the account. Stoldt and Sheaffer got into an argument about the money on April 3, 2013.

“He starts coming at me and – he didn’t even really hit me, but he scared me and I just snapped,” Stoldt told investigators. “He came at me and I stabbed him.”

After Stoldt dumped the body, investigators say she hid additional evidence. She allegedly buried Sheaffer’s cell phone and driver’s license. She disposed of her pots and pans in dumpsters and threw the rug for her car into a lake.

Multiple news outlets report that, during her police interview, Stoldt continued to speak negatively about Sheaffer.

“I’m sorry, but I put Jimmie where he belonged, in my opinion at the time,” she told deputies.

Three weeks after the killing, Stoldt allegedly confessed her crimes to her sister, who called authorities.

“She came to the house and told me that she committed a crime that she’s being investigated for it,” the sister told a 911 dispatcher. “She’s hugging her kids goodbye.”

Stoldt has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a dead body. She is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach.

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