Police say a Florida woman allegedly killed her boyfriend and left his corpse to rot on her porch, PEOPLE confirms.
Tammy Shereese Wright-Conner, 41, was charged Thursday with the murder of 48-year-old Ronald Jerome Trotter Jr. She has been jailed since July on unrelated charges, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Trotter’s body was found at Wright-Conner’s rundown home in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 10 after neighbors complained about a foul smell, according to The Florida Times-Union.
Police who responded to the home discovered that the porch’s windows were sealed shut with plastic and sheets had been taped to the walls. There were also various air fresheners and cleaners scattered about to mask the corpse’s smell, an arrest report obtained by The Times-Union states.
The body was so decomposed that authorities initially could not determine whether it was male or female. An autopsy eventually identified Trotter as the victim. He died of a single shotgun wound to the chest.
Trotter had disappeared about two weeks earlier following an argument with his wife, who reported him missing to police on May 30. She told authorities that she thought he might have gone to stay with Wright-Conner.
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Wright-Conner was initially arrested in early June on drug charges. Police asked her then if she knew anything about Trotter’s disappearance, but she told them she hadn’t seen him in weeks.
She was ultimately charged with murder last week with the help of witness statements, cellphone tracking and other evidence, according to News4Jax.
Authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting. Wright-Conner is being held without bond. It is not known whether she has entered a plea.