Man Sets Car On Fire And Jumps Off Bridge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Lakeland man drove a car with a body in the trunk onto the Sunshine Skyway bridge near
St. Petersburg, set the vehicle on fire and jumped to his death.

Lakeland Police identified 38-year-old Robert Laird on Tuesday as the man whose body was pulled from Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon.

Police have not identified the person found in the trunk of the burning car.

Firefighters reported that the body was burned so badly that it would take an autopsy just to determine the gender.

Authorities have confirmed that evidence of a homicide was found
at the Lakeland home of Laird's ex-wife Monday.

She has not been seen since Monday morning.

Court records show that Robert and Sheryl Lynn Laird divorced in
2006.

Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence.


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  • by Chris G Location: Sarasota on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    This man killed his wife and himself over $18,000 of child support arrearages! Like many fathers, I have been forced to be a "dead beat" by the State of Florida. 65% of my income is garnished for "support" payments. No one can live off 35% of their income! How can this be fair if a father has 50% the child 50% of the time and has 35% for the same expenses?? Not including her income.... Think about it. Current law incarcerates fathers for 6 months for the first offence - Jail time for not being able to afford basic living expenses! Now how is the child going to be supported??? Florida laws need to be changed. Attorneys need to be removed from the process of milking famiies for their savings, and the State needs to get out of the "prisons for profit" business. Florida gets $51,000 from the Fed for each person it incarcerates. 80% of Florida jails are privately owned - this means run for PROFIT! Before jumping to conclusions and believing the media... put yourself in a hopeless situation with no future and see if you might snap... Just saying... it's something to think about.
  • by me Location: Wakulla on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    I see a Snapped esipode come !!! That is the best show ever !!!
  • by Toni Location: Perry on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    I have always thought spouse abusers were nothing but cowards. Guess this proves it. Man, what a low life!
  • by LMN Network Exec Location: LMN HQ on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I smell a Lifetime movie!!! Well, I will smell that once I get the smell of burning flesh out of my nostrils!
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