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Florida Man Who Confessed To 2011 Cold Case Killing Says He ‘Couldn't Live With The Guilt'
Benjamin Moulton, who says he killed Nicole Rose Scott in 2011, disclosed to investigators he’d "found Jehovah and couldn’t live with the guilt anymore,” according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
A cold case killing of a Florida woman whose body was found in a wooded area a decade ago has been solved after the man responsible recently confessed, authorities said this week.
Benjamin Moulton, 43, was taken into police custody on Wednesday after admitting to the unsolved slaying of 29-year-old Nicole Rose Scott in 2011. He was charged with first-degree murder in Scott’s death by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
In December 2011, Scott’s partially clothed body was found in a wooded area near University Boulevard in Manatee County. She’d been strangled and had visible trauma to her face, according to an autopsy report. Her body had likely been dumped in the remote area a number of days prior to the discovery of her remains.
In the aftermath of the killing, investigators interviewed Moulton regarding his connection with Scott. However, detectives never compiled enough evidence to charge him. The case went cold after several years with no leads.
On Sept. 29, Moulton walked into Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and confessed to murdering Scott in a “fit of rage."
"It was an average afternoon at the front desk of our Operations Center when out of the blue a man walks in and confesses to an unsolved homicide from nearly a decade ago,” a spokesperson from the sheriff's office told People. “That almost never happens. It's comforting to know that the secret Benjamin Moulton was holding inside, has finally come to light."
The sheriff’s spokesperson added that Moulton appeared to regret carrying out Scott’s murder. He shared additional details about what happened at the time he killed Scott with police but this has not been released to the public.
“Moulton appears to have had a major change in his life, he seems remorseful, and says that he is ready to face the consequences,” the spokesperson said.
Investigators didn’t release additional information and it’s unclear if Moulton had retained legal representation.
Anyone with more information related to Scott’s murder is urged to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office by calling 941-747-3011.