Cops: Man Kills Ex, Her Husband, Then Self

June 10th, 2010 by

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Detectives were on the scene Tuesday afternoon of a double-murder suicide in Deltona. Investigators say a man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her new husband, and then himself.

Friends of the couple said they had just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in April.

Officers said Johnnie Burke, 51, shot and killed 48-year-old Charles Whitaker and 46-year-old Robin Whitaker.

Investigators say Burke drove to the couple’s house on the 2500 block of Otis Avenue Tuesday morning and shot both of them outside of the home. The Burke’s home was only one block away.

Officers said they do not know of any problems the couple was having with Burke.

It is a disturbing crime and people are very emotional in the neighborhood. Neighbors heard several the gunshots ring out around 6:30 Tuesday morning. They told WFTV that Chuck and Robin Whitaker had been married a little over a year.

Robin was leaving for work when investigators say her ex-boyfriend, Burke, opened fire and killed her in her car. Chuck apparently heard the commotion and started to walk outside. Investigators said that’s when the gunman shot him in the doorway; he turned the gun on himself and died on the way to the hospital.

Neighbors said Burke lived down the street and everyone knew him as JB. They say, two weeks after Chuck and Robin got married, Burke made one comment to Chuck, saying “good luck” sarcastically, but they never had any problems with him again until Tuesday.

“To have somebody murdered like this by somebody who had no right, no right at all to be angry. He wasn’t a nice person. Robin left him for good reasons. I wish now Chuck would have moved away,” neighbor Carol Landi said.

Neighbors told WFTV that Chuck has lived there for more than 20 years and he and Robin were extremely nice people who will be missed.

Two semi-automatic pistols were found at the scene.

The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office has taken possession of the bodies and is scheduled to conduct autopsies on Wednesday to confirm the cause of death.

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