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Old 11-12-2020, 10:19 AM
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Default Lakeland, FL White couple 63 & 67 found stabbed to death in bedroom during random negro attack

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/r...act-police-say


'Absolutely horrific:' Former Lakeland commissioner, husband killed in random act, police say
Marcelle Waldon, 36, arrested


updated 8:38 AM, Nov 12, 2020

LAKELAND, Fla. Lakeland Police say a former city commissioner and her husband were killed in what appears to be a random attack.

According to Assistant Chief Sam Taylor, David Henderson, 63, and his wife Edith L. Henderson, 67, were found stabbed to death in the master bedroom of their Lake Morton home after police were called for a wellness check around 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

Taylor said at a press conference on Thursday that Edith's son called after he didn't hear back from her during the day. Taylor said the son went to the home and noticed things out of place, so he left and called the police.

Edith, formerly Edith Yates, served as a Lakeland City Commissioner from 2006 until 2018.

On Wednesday night, police arrested Marcelle Waldon, 36, of Lakeland. Police say he's charged with 10 felony counts, including first-degree murder.



Taylor described the crime scene as "absolutely horrific." He said a random act like this is "extremely rare" and something he's seen little of during his 32-year career.

At this time, police say there's no evidence to believe Waldon knew the couple. Police say a source led them to Waldon.

According to Taylor, the source described items that were taken from the home, like jewelry and personal items.

Taylor said a vehicle was also missing from the home and was later found set on fire in a field in another part of town.

When police responded, they found the oven on as well as all the gas burners. Taylor said they believe Waldon tried to set the home on fire.

Detectives believe Waldon got into the home through an unlocked or unsecured door. They say there was no sign of forced entry.

Taylor said authorities believe David was in the process of setting up breakfast after picking up take-out from a local restaurant.

According to Taylor, the food was still in styrofoam containers and inside a plastic bag on a table in the kitchen. He said plates, silverware and drinks were set up for two on the table.

According to Taylor, police believe Edith was killed while David was picking up food.

Waldon was still in the home when David came home.

Taylor said they believe David went upstairs to check on his wife, and a struggle followed between him and Waldon that resulted in David being killed.

The family released a statement, which Taylor read at the press conference, thanking everyone at the department and expressing their grief over the tragedy.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...vea-story.html

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