'Your Story Is B.S.': Police Say Husband Charged With Wife's Murder 'Fake Cried' Over Her Death

Said a Florida detective after a husband claims he found his wife dead in a bath tub "The evidence and her body speak for itself and your story is B.S."

September 28, 2018

David Tronnes [Orange County Jail]

David Tronnes [Orange County Jail]

By: Catherine Townsend

Police say the Florida husband who claimed that he found his wife's dead body in a bathtub "<em>fake cried</em>" as they began interviewing him - and called his story "B.S." - in a newly released video.

David Tronnes has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Shanti Cooper-Tronnes. The interview between Tronnes and Orlando police detectives was released on Wednesday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office.

Tronnes told detectives that he found the body of his wife, Shanti Cooper-Tronnes, in a bathtub half-full of water on April 24 at their home in the Delaney Park neighborhood of Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

He said that he pulled her body out of the tub and immediately called for help.

But both the bathtub and her body were dry when police and paramedics arrived at the home - and police say that Tronnes' version of events does not add up.

Tronnes claimed that on the day of his wife's death he went for a walk in the morning, came back home, and then went out again to take their dogs to the park.

He said that after he came back home at around 2:00 p.m. he found his wife's body and pulled her out of the tub.

He told detectives that he believed that his wife had fallen while getting into the tub.

But an autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head and strangulation.

During the interview Detective Teresa Sprague openly challenged Tronnes.

Common sense would tell you if you pull a woman — soaking wet — out of a tub at 3 o’clock and call the police within six minutes, that everything will be soaking wet when police arrive within three minutes of that,” she said. “That’s common sense.”

Trust me: The evidence and her body speak for itself and your story is B.S.,” investigator Barb McClelland said. “So you’d better figure it out before it goes too far, because I’m telling you right now — nobody is going to believe that. Nobody.”

Tronnes insisted that the information he gave police was "if not perfectly accurate, directionally correct."

Sprague then accused Tronnes of having no remorse.

She said: “You’ve fake cried for about seven or eight hours today. Not one tear came out of your eyes — not one. You have fake cried over this woman’s death since we made contact with you."

Detectives suggested that Tronnes' motive could have been the fact that the couple had been arguing recently, and that by killing his wife, Tronnes would gain full ownership of the house.

The couple met on Match.com in 2013 and married last year.

Tronnes described the early stages of their relationship as "really happy."

He is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.


Read more: Orlando Sentinel

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