SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
In a quiet, unassuming house along County Road 630 in Sumter County, an 82-year-old woman was found in her bedroom with a fatal stab wound to the chest. Now, her grandson is behind bars charged with her murder.
"This is a very odd case," said Sumter County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bobby Caruthers.
Lt. Caruthers says Rosa Maresma had been dead inside the home for days. Investigators say Maresma lived with her daughter, who had been out of town since June 9 on a business trip, and her grandson, James Giles.
Giles, 21, admitted to killing his grandmother on Thursday morning, according to investigators.
"He advised he went in around 10 o'clock in the evening [Wednesday], that he's said goodnight to his grandmother, came back in a couple hours later. and he said he put a pillow over her face and stabbed her in the chest area," said Lt. Caruthers. Investigators say sometime Thursday that Giles texted his mother saying something was wrong at the house and that she would see when she got home.
On Saturday, according to investigators, Giles caught a ride out to the beach with his mother's boyfriend; his mother met them out there. Deputies say on their way back to Sumter County late Saturday night, Giles mother says he was acting strange.
"When they were en route, the son had been giving her info that something was wrong with grandma," said Lt. Caruthers.
Then investigators say Giles told his mom that he hadn't been able to wake his grandmother up for days and that's when she called police from the car asking them to check on Maresma at the house.
"Prior to getting to the house, he said grandma has passed," said Lt. Caruthers.
Lt. Caruthers says when his deputies arrived, they found the woman dead and naked on her bedroom floor. Investigators say the she had a large stab wound in her chest that had been covered with a bandage, a towel underneath her and a towel covering her.
Deputies say Giles asked detectives if they found the broken knife. Investigators say they found the large broken kitchen knife buried in a trash can inside the house. Then linens on the bed where Maresma was killed were off and shoved in a laundry basket in Giles' room and he admitted to trying to clean her up a little bit, telling deputies he did not want to be accused of murder.
Giles is being held at the Sumter County Jail without bond. Investigators say they do not know the motive.