Florida Man Arrested for Savage Murder of Family Member – Left Knife Embedded in His Eye

Florida Man Shane Kelly McGarity, 46, was arrested and charged with one count each of murder in the first degree with a weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon for a murder that occurred in November 2022, the Winter Park Police Department said in a press release.

On November 11th, 2022, McGarity called 911 for medical attention.

“I don’t have a comment other than I was attacked, and I defended myself, and I’m cut up, bad,” he said during the 911 call, according to an excerpt in an application and affidavit for his arrest warrant. “I got cut up bad with a knife. I need … I need paramedics. It’s bad; I almost cut my finger off.”

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According to the arrest affidavit, the crime scene was quite gruesome.

The decedent was in the living room in a recliner chair in a slightly reclined position. The decedent was slumped down in the chair so that his back was on the chair’s seat, and the decedent’s waistline was on the edge of the chair where it met its reclining foot portion. The decedent was slumped to the right side so that the decedent’s right cheek was turned toward the chair’s seat. Detective Woehr observed a knife handle sticking out of the head area with the entire blade portion embedded into the left eye. The decedent’s right arm was bent so that his right hand was touching his left cheek.

While there is mention of the decedent having a small sledgehammer in his hand, investigators say it was placed in the decedent’s hand post-mortem.

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According to investigators, McGarity also changed his story when speaking to someone other than police, telling a man identified only as “Brother” that an unknown intruder came into the house and killed the victim.

Another issue is that,

“McGarity is known to be a trained fighter with extensive martial arts knowledge,” the document said. “It should be noted that Defendant McGarity has previously killed an individual, which he argued was self-defense, and he was not prosecuted for that prior incident.”

The number and type of wounds the victim also suggests that he was murdered, and police rejected McGarity’s self-defense claims.

“Based on the above facts and his multiple stories, it is not reasonable to believe that Defendant Shane Kelly McGarity is acting in self-defense,” the affidavit alleges. “[H]e delivered multiple strikes to the decedent to the point where the decedent’s ability to fight back was considerably diminished. Defendant McGarity used a knife to cut and stab the decedent twenty-five (25) times. Defendant McGarity killed the decedent by embedding the knife in the left eye, which penetrated the decedent’s brain stem and instantly killed the decedent. The repeated blunt force trauma and twenty-five (25) stab wounds show an intent to kill.”

McGarity was transported to the Orange County jail, where he was held without bond.

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