Suspect In Celebration Murder: “He Got What He Deserved”
CELEBRATION, Fla. — A homeless man was arrested Monday afternoon in the first murder in the town of Celebration. David Murillo, 28, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder.
“He’s a sick man,” Murillo told WFTV as he was led away in custody Monday afternoon. “He got what he deserved.”
Investigators said Murillo and 58-year-old Matteo P. Giovanditto had known each other for about a year and were drinking at Giovanditto’s Celebration condo on November 24 when they got into an argument; Murillo told investigators Giovanditto tried to sexually assault him.
Investigators said Murillo then struck Giovanditto with an axe he found in the home; Giovanditto was also strangled.
“I don’t know. I just, something came over me. I don’t know what happened. You know, I just felt so mad that he did that. You know?” Murillo said.
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While Murillo did steal items from the home, investigators said the motive was anger over the argument, not robbery.
“Did he try to sexually assault you?” a reporter asked Murillo.
“He tried to, and I believe he tried to put something in my drink too while I was over there. He offered me a job. He said I could earn some money washing his car,” he said.
Murillo was identified early on by investigators as a person of interest after his photo was found on Giovanditto’s computer, and his fingerprints were found in the victim’s condo. Murillo was then brought in for questioning on December 4, investigators said, after he tried to sell coins that belonged to Giovanditto.
At the homeless camp on East 192 where Murillo was living, investigators said they also found the victim’s iPad, cash and coins. Investigators said they were also searching a canal near Columbia Avenue and Thacker Avenue where Murillo said other evidence had been discarded.
Giovanditto was found dead inside his Celebration condo on Water Street (see map) by a neighbor on November 29, five days after the murder took place.
A major piece of evidence in the murder that stunned the quaint community of Celebration was recovered a day later. Osceola County sheriff’s detectives located Giovanditto’s black 2008 Corvette. A Crimeline tip led to the vehicle, which was found in the parking lot of the Reef Club apartments in Kissimmee.
WFTV asked how the two had met, but all investigators would say is that Giovanditto was a counselor who sometimes helped the homeless. They would not comment on whether they thought there was some sort of affair involved.
“Of course I do [regret it], because you know, you can’t, no matter what he did, you can’t justify that, you know? You can’t justify it, but,” Murillo said as he was put into a law enforcement vehicle.
Murillo is being held on no bond. He was also arrested two years ago for battery on an officer and carrying a concealed firearm.