Woman said she wanted her husband dead and told her intentions to acquaintances before she approached him while he was sitting in a chair at home and shot him twice in the head; charged!

Nearly three years after the shocking murder of the 42-year-old man, later identified as Ryan, who was found shot in the face while seated in a recliner at his home, his 46-year-old wife, later identified as Karina, has been arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities’ announcement of the arrest marks a significant development in a case that has remained open since the incident in June 2021.

In the early hours of June 18, 2021, deputies responded to a distressing 911 call reporting a shooting at the couple’s residence. According to authorities, deputies arrived to find Ryan’s dead in a recliner chair, having sustained fatal gunshot wounds to his face, with his wife, Karina, sitting on top of him. Karina and the couple’s three children, who were also present in the home at the time of the incident, were quickly removed from the scene as the investigation commenced. The absence of the firearm used in the shooting near Ryan’s body added a layer of mystery to the already complex case.

As the investigation unfolded over the years, detectives executed several search warrants and conducted numerous interviews to piece together the events leading to Ryan’s death. The breakthrough came when two witnesses came forward, claiming Karina had expressed a desire to have her husband killed and even suggested she could shoot him in the face. These statements, coupled with the forensic evidence gathered at the crime scene, including a .22-caliber shell casing, propelled the case forward.

The evidence collected from the home was meticulously analyzed at a crime lab. The medical examiner’s autopsy unequivocally determined that Ryan’s death was a homicide and cited the gunshot wounds as the cause of death. Karina’s arrest marks a pivotal moment in the prolonged investigation as authorities work to bring closure to a case that has gripped the community. Charged with first-degree premeditated murder, she is currently held on a $1 million bond in jail. Her arraignment, scheduled for March 14, will likely shed further light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic event and the motives behind it. Officials are urging anyone with additional information to come forward, as the investigation remains active.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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