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Florida Woman Accused of Fatally Shooting Her Boyfriend Told Authorities She Had "Gap in Her Memory"

Brittany Holbrook, charged in the murder of her boyfriend, Tyler Nulisch, claims that he strangled her and denies fatally shooting him.

By Elisabeth Ford
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A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly shooting her boyfriend to death early Saturday morning after the couple argued, police say.

Brittany Holbrook, 33, is charged with one count of premeditated murder for allegedly killing boyfriend Tyler Nulisch in their shared Key West home, according to Fox News. She is currently jailed.

The couple’s roommate, Jordan Kinn, called 911 around 2:50 a.m. after being awoken by arguing and hearing Holbrook scream in the living room, according to The Miami Herald. He told the operator that Nulisch was “in bad shape, he’s hurt real bad,” adding that there was a lot of blood, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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The 911 call recording documents Kinn asking Holbrook where Nulisch was bleeding from, to which she responded he was bleeding from his back, The Herald reported. Kinn told the operator that the couple had been in an argument.

Deputies responded to the home in Big Coppitt Key, where they found Holbrook cradling Nulisch on the living room floor while he bled out.

A mugshot of Brittany Holbrook

A police report reviewed by Fox News said a spent shell casing, along with a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, were found on the floor near a dog kennel.

Nulisch was pronounced dead at 3:46 a.m. at Lower Keys Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound to his lower left back, according to Fox News.

Kinn told detectives that he asked Nulisch what had happened as he was lying on the floor, in and out of consciousness.

“That b--ch shot me in the back,” the victim allegedly replied.

A photo of Tyler Nulisch

Holbrook reportedly told detectives that “there was a gap in her memory” from the period after the couple fell asleep to the moment she was holding her bloody boyfriend in the living room, an affidavit obtained by Fox News said.

She denied Nulisch had an exchange with the roommate when he came out to the living room and also denies firing the gun that killed her boyfriend, but she allegedly recalled more details about that night in later interviews, the sheriff’s office said.

She remembered Nulisch walking to the bathroom and claimed that when he returned, “he was like a different person and began to attack her," investigators wrote in the affidavit.

Holbrook reportedly said Nulisch held her against the wall and choked her with his hands “hard enough that it restricted her breathing." She allegedly said she thought he was trying to kill her.

She also said that she punched and scratch at Nulisch as he was strangling her, according to The Herald. Detectives noticed bruising around Holbrook's knuckles, but didn't spot marks on her throat or broken blood vessels in her eyes, which are signs of strangulation.

Holbrook added that she could not remember how she escaped from Nulisch, but denied ever firing the gun, Fox News reported. The roommate informed police that Holbrook owned a pistol, which she kept in the house.

Holbrook is being held on $750,000 bond, according to Fox News.

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