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A Florida man has been jailed on multiple charges after allegedly beating a woman and her infant nephew to death before gunning down a third person last week, officials said.
Dale Daniel Spidle, 35, is accused of murdering 61-year-old Elizabeth Carmona, her 10-month old nephew and an unnamed motorist whom he allegedly carjacked while fleeing the first scene on Friday.
He was charged with first-degree murder, premeditated murder, aggravated battery, burglary in occupied dwelling, robbery by sudden snatching, resisting an officer, reckless driving and three counts of leaving the scene of a crash, according to online court records.
Deputies were dispatched to a shooting and a hit and run incident in Pompano Beach, Florida at 2:07 p.m. on May 20, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.
Upon arrival, authorities found multiple vehicles had been involved in an accident. According to investigators, Spidle, who had been driving a 2019 Kia Optima, emerged from the wreckage and shot the driver of a white Ford pickup who had been involved in the collision. The man, who wasn’t named by officials, was rushed to a Broward Medical Center where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
Police say Spidle fled west in his victim’s Ford truck, but allegedly deliberately ran into another car at an intersection two miles from the first accident, injuring that driver and losing control of his stolen vehicle, which ultimately hit two other cars parked at an adjacent Walgreens.
He then exited the damaged truck and, in the drive-through of the Walgreens, allegedly demanded a woman's cell phone and stole her necklace by ripping it off her neck. Then fled, discarding his clothing as he went.
He was ultimately spotted by officers on the main road by the Walgreens, walking completely nude. He ran into a nearby Shell gas station with those officers in pursuit, then allegedly grabbed a glass beer bottle and invited them to shoot him. One of the cops Tased Spidle twice, to little apparent effect, before the two tackled him.
The officers said Spidle resisted arrest by kicking at them, and told them he had a bomb "in his rectum." (He did not.)
After he was arrested at the scene, officers discovered that Spidle had allegedly been pulled over, covered in blood, in Coral Springs just 30 minutes before the first accident and led authorities on a brief pursuit before escaping and allegedly causing the other accidents.
“The suspect was agitated and had visible blood on his clothing and hands” when he was initially pulled over, the arrest report stated.
Police then conducted a wellness check at Spidle’s apartment complex, where they found the body of Carmona, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 10-month-old nephew, who was injured, later died at a nearby hospital. The child’s name hasn’t been released.
Carmona and her nephew both died from blunt force trauma, according to preliminary autopsy results, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed. Officials haven’t specified a possible motive in the double murder but according to other neighbors, Spidle was frequently upset with the infant’s parents over noise issues related to the child's crying, Miami television station WPLG reported.
"After entering the victim's residence, Spidle attacked both victims without provocation and fled the residence,” Coral Beach Police Department said in a press release sent to Oxygen.com.
Carmona was visiting her relatives in Florida after recently retiring from her job in the mayor’s office in Armenia, Colombia, according to WPLG, which cited South American media reports.
Spidle appeared in court on May 23. The 35-year-old, who was wearing a cast, told the judge his arm had been broken in three places, CBS Miami reported.
He’s currently being held without bail at a Broward County detention facility, according to online jail records obtained by Oxygen.com. It’s unclear if he’s retained a lawyer to comment on his behalf. He was represented by a public defender during his recent court appearance.
Spidle was arrested for cannabis possession in 2009, according to separate online court records obtained by Oxygen.com. He also has been issued a number of tickets for minor traffic infractions, filings show.
A spokesperson for the Coral Springs Police Department declined to comment further on the open case on Wednesday.
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