The tenants of a former Amherst woman were charged Sunday with beating her to death Thursday in her Port St. Lucie, Fla., home.
A Fort Lauderdale SWAT team converged on a La Quinta Inn at about 5 a.m. and arrested David A. Weingrad, 27, and Georgia M. Scordamaglia, 31, according to the Palm Beach Post. They were charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a weapon, and taken to Broward County Jail.
The body of Alisa S. Kerman, 52, was found in the bedroom of her home Thursday evening. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head, police said Saturday.
Kerman befriended Weingrad about three years ago, police said. She let him live in her house and hired him as a driver for her business. He apparently stopped working there after his driver’s license was suspended, however.
Scordamaglia, his girlfriend, moved into Kerman’s house later.
Both Weingrad and Scordamaglia have been arrested once before, for either robbery or burglary, but authorities believe those charges were dropped.
The two were initially considered persons of interest in the case because they were the last people known to have been in the house while Kerman was alive.
The Palm Beach Post reported that officers had the couple’s hotel room under surveillance for several hours before entering it early Sunday. Later in the day, officers from the Port St. Lucie police department and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office returned with a search warrant.
Port St. Lucie police are planning a news conference this morning..
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a 16-year-old girl who lived in Kerman’s home called police to tell them that the woman, identified as her guardian, was dead inside.
On Thursday, the girl went to school, and when she came home in the afternoon, Kerman’s truck was not there. A few hours later, she became concerned and went to her guardian’s bedroom, where she found the body.
Kerman was from the Buffalo area before moving to Florida many years ago. Her mother still lives in Amherst.