Florida woman charged with killing man in orange grove

Published: Mar. 31, 2019 at 9:34 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

March 31, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman has been charged with first degree murder after authorities say she shot a 21-year-old man in the back of the head as he drove through an orange grove.

Polk County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives arrested 28-year-old Heather Tyler, saying she and Joseph Witherington were hanging out last week and went for a drive.

Authorities offered no motive, but said Tyler shot Witherington twice as he drove. Authorities said she then took his wallet and burned her clothes that had his blood on them.

Tyler admitted the flip flops found in the back of Witherington's car were hers and that she was with Witherington during that time frame.

Tyler is also charged with witness tampering. She was booked into the Polk County Jail late Friday. It's unclear if she had an attorney to comment on the charges.