A woman from Polk County, Florida lived for weeks with the decomposing body of her husband that she allegedly killed. The woman was charged Friday November 23 with manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
When relatives noticed James Peters had been missing, they began questioning his wife Sheree Peters, 56. Sheree Peters gave those family members changing stories which prompted them to show up at the house to investigate the situation.
The relatives found the decomposing body of James Peters lying on the laundry room floor covered with a sheet. Police determined Peters had lived with her husband’s decaying corpse for two weeks.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Sheree Peters had fled the home she had shared with her husband James before police could question her. After initiating a search of the area, officers with the sheriff’s office located her at a Dundee motel. Officers reported at the time that she was in possession of crack cocaine.
The medical examiner examined the body and determined that body of James Peters was in “advanced stages” of decomposition. His body showed signs of putrefaction and skin slippage and marbling that results from the breakdown of the circulatory system.
Police detectives questions Sheree Peters multiple times regarding the situation and she gave conflicting accounts of what happened the day her husband died. In one on the sessions, Peters stated that she and her husband had gotten into an argument. At one point they were both struggling for a gun when it went off hitting her husband.
When detectives asked her what happened after James Peters was shot, Sheree responded that “he didn’t want any help from her” so she went to bed. She went on to say that when she got up the next morning she found him dead.
The sheriff’s office searched her home after Peters told them that was where it was. Unable to locate the gun in the home, they questioned her a second time. That’s when she relayed to the officers that she sold the gun so that she could buy drugs.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer spoke with the Orlando Sentinel and stated that domestic violence wasn’t anything new in the Peters household. Over the course of their four year marriage, both husband and wife had been arrested on domestic violence charges.
Sheree Peters was arrested for domestic battery against her husband in 2012 and twice in 2010. James Peters was arrested on similar charges for domestic violence against his wife in 2006, and 2009.
Sheree Peters arrested and transported to Polk County Jail. She was charged with cocaine possession and paraphernalia.
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