Arrest Made in Elderly Couple’s Death in Florida

Bao Zhang
By Bao Zhang
January 6, 2023US News
Arrest Made in Elderly Couple’s Death in Florida
Vickie Willaims. (Chatham County Jail)

An arrest has been made in the deaths of Darryl Getman, 83, and Sharon Getman, 80, an elderly couple who were found dead inside their apartment at Waterman Village senior living community on Waterman Avenue around 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2022.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gibson said Vickie Williams, 50, was taken into custody for questioning by Savannah police on Jan. 3. She was driving the couple’s car when arrested.

So far, Wilson has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle—other charges are expected to follow.

Several concerned residents claimed there had been some suspicious activity two or three days before the murders.

A husband and wife who live close by, claimed a woman they didn’t know asked to use their shower late at night last week. The woman fled when the wife activated an alarm.

Officers arrived on the scene after a security guard called 911 to report the incident.

“We’re committed to spare no expense in learning the facts surrounding this untimely death,” said Chief Gibson.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are among the agencies working on the case.

Gibson said that the state was brought in to help as the local police department lacks the forensic capabilities to process a crime scene.

“This case is fast-moving,” he stated. “I feel very confident that we’re going to have a successful conclusion. If anyone has any information that may lead to a successful investigation and prosecution of this heinous crime, please let us know,”

City officials emphasized that Mount Dora remains a safe place to live.

“There really is no need to feel unsafe in our city. There is no need to feel like you have to watch your back. You’re as safe as two, three days ago,” Mayor Crissy Stiles said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mount Dora Police Department at 352-735-7130 or contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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