Lakeland love triangle ends in murder

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Lakeland, Florida - A Lakeland love triangle came to a tragic end early Sunday morning as next-door neighbors became eyewitnesses to murder.

Kevin Otstot was on his front lawn when he heard commotion next door and said, "[Jamie Davis] came running down the steps with a gun in her hand, hollering 'You whore! Slut!' and word for a female dog. So, I ran inside and called 911 and then I heard the crack and my son comes running in and said, 'She shot her.'"

15-year-old William Busse was also outside that morning and says he saw the shooting. "I ran over to the truck and said, 'Are you okay?' She jumped out of the truck and came towards me, holding her neck, squirting blood."

Deputies say Jamie Davis of Lakeland became angry when she caught her boyfriend of 18 years, Danny Beckner, having an affair with Christina Tuzzolino.

The 911 call tells a story of self-defense in Davis' own words. "[Tuzzolino] came up here threatening to kill me and my kids," Davis told the 911 operator. "She said she had a knife."

After talking with detectives, they say Davis admitted there was never a knife. She had the gun because she wanted to scare Beckner and Tuzzolino, who were inside his truck in front of her home because she said she was "mad, sad, and hurt" that her long-time boyfriend was with another woman.

Sheriff Grady Judd recounts what the accused killer ultimately admitted. "[She said], 'I was so mad, I couldn't see straight. I ran out, we fought over the gun, the gun went off and shot her in the neck.'"

One shot to the neck took Tuzzolino's life.

Neighbor Ray Lesser spent her last moments trying to help a woman whose name he didn't even know. "She kept saying, 'I don't want to die,' and I said, 'I'm not going to let you die. I promise I won't.' It just didn't work out that way," he said shaking his head.

Davis is charged with Second Degree Murder. Beckner is charged with Accessory-After-The-Fact of Second Degree Murder because deputies say he's the one who made up the story about being threatened by a knife.

Deputies also charged Beckner with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Dwelling for Drug Use.

According to the arrest report, deputies found several drug ledgers in a suticase on top of the bed, along with digital scales that, they say, prove he was running a meth operation out of the home.

Erica Pitzi, 10 News

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