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Man Confessed To Killing Wife On YouTube, Died By Suicide After Months On The Run

Trent Paschal died by suicide inside a van at an RV park in Florida after authorities closed in on him. It happened months after fleeing from Texas where he allegedly murdered his wife Savannah Paschal.

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A man who allegedly murdered his wife in Texas and then posted a video confession about it has now died by suicide in Florida after nine months on the run.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that the fugitive, 48-year-old Trent Paschal, was at the Holiday Trav-L Park in Ocala — 75 miles northwest of Orlando — on Friday, KTRK in Houston reports. Deputies then went to the RV park and asked Paschal to exit a van he was in. Soon after, they heard a gunshot and, when they entered the vehicle, found Paschal dead inside.

A public information officer at Marion County Sheriff’s Office has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

Paschal had previously been arrested in Galveston County, Texas for the Oct. 2020 murder of his wife Savannah Paschal. He had been released on a $450,000 bond that jurisdiction and a $100,000 bail from Houston related to charges he faced due to the circumstances of his arrest. He spent the first weeks after his arrest recovering form injuries sustained when deputies had shot him after a brief confrontation while trying to detain him.

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Despite two violations of his bond conditions — a missed court date in December of 2020 and a traffic violation in February — Paschal's bond was not revoked. He had been due to appear in court on April 23, but failed to show. That’s because Paschal had allegedly managed to remove his GPS ankle monitor 10 days prior, then robbed a car salesman and stole a Chevrolet Tahoe at knifepoint, KPRC-TV reported last year.

He never got to face trial for the murder of Savannah Paschal, 30, who investigators say he killed after laying in wait in a shower of their master bedroom in LaMarque. He allegedly jumped out and fatally shot her in the stomach.

After the shooting, Trent Paschal apparently posted a since-removed YouTube video apologizing to his daughter for killing her mother.

“I knew she was kind of too young. I didn’t — she’s been playing me for a fool,” he said, KTRK reported. “I told her not to mess with me, not to mess with my emotions. Don’t play with me.”

Trent Paschal also allegedly claimed that he had overheard his wife on the phone with another man talking about a sexual dream, Fox News reported.

Savannah Paschal was a mother of two. Her loved ones organized a charity walk to honor her life and help victims of domestic violence during the one year anniversary of her murder.

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