A fatal disagreement: Florida man convicted for killing wife over reality tv ambitions

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.22 - 2023 10:08 AM CET

Photo: STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT; ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Photo: STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT; ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Florida man convicted for killing wife over reality tv ambitions.

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David Tronnes, a 55-year-old Florida man, has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Shanti Cooper-Tronnes.

The couple had been in a dispute over appearing on a home renovation reality TV show, leading to tragic consequences.

The reality tv dream

Tronnes had aspirations of appearing on the reality TV show "Zombie House Renovations." He had invested thousands of dollars in home renovations with the hope of being featured on the show. However, his wife, Cooper-Tronnes, was not supportive of this idea, causing tension between the two.

On April 24, 2018, Cooper-Tronnes was found dead in the couple's Delaney Park home.

Initially, Tronnes claimed he discovered his wife's body in the bathtub after he had been out walking their dogs. However, evidence indicated that she had been beaten to death in her bedroom, and the scene had been altered post-mortem.

The trial and verdict

After a six-day trial that concluded on October 18, Tronnes was found guilty of first-degree murder. This is reported by WESH-TV.

The jury took approximately five hours to reach their verdict. Medical examiners revealed that Cooper-Tronnes had sustained facial injuries, including bruises on her eyes, and had been strangled to death.

Although the crime was heinous, Cooper-Tronnes' family did not want prosecutors to seek the death penalty. As a result, Tronnes was sentenced to life in prison.

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