Friday, February 17, 2012

Oviedo, FL: Man accused of murdering girlfriend in Oviedo apartment

Seminole County deputies believe they have figured out what happened at an apartment where they found one person dead and another severely injured.

Capt. Dan Purcell said Jorge L. Nieves, 25, faces second-degree murder charges for killing his 28-year-old girlfriend, Karla Gladris Barretto Pagan, in their apartment.

Deputies said they received a 911 call from an adult family member just after midnight Friday reporting a "suspicious incident" at the Mystic Cove apartments.

“We believe that this stemmed from a domestic dispute inside the residence minutes prior to our arrival or within a very short time period before our arrival,” Purcell said.

When deputies arrived, they found Barretto Pagan dead inside a bedroom. They found Nieves in serious condition. Nieves was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

He is now in police custody and is expected to be OK.

Deputies will not say if this was a murder-suicide attempt.

However, they did reveal a 3-year-old and an 11-year-old were inside the apartment when the murder took place.

Investigators said this was an isolated incident.

Still, neighbors were concerned when they woke up to find investigators all over their neighborhood and said it's normally a very quiet area.

"You can usually hear a pin drop," said Alexander Rosa, who lives near the crime scene. "I mean, we'll have the normal stuff, like a car theft, but nothing like this."

Investigators would not exactly say how Barretto Pagan died but they say a gun was not involved in her death.

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