Texas deputy fatally shot girlfriend, then claimed it was suicide: cops


A Texas sheriff’s deputy fatally shot his paralyzed girlfriend after which claimed to authorities she took her personal life, police mentioned.

Jay Allen Rotter, a 36-year-old deputy with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Workplace, was arrested Monday on expenses of homicide and proof tampering within the dying of 46-year-old Leslie Lynn Hartman, Denton police said in a statement.

Rotter known as 911 on Aug. 26 to report that Hartman shot herself of their house, the place responding cops discovered her lifeless inside, police mentioned.

“It was decided that Rotter and the deceased feminine have been the one two individuals dwelling within the residence on the time of the incident,” police mentioned.

Rotter had recognized himself as an officer throughout the 911 name — and mentioned he was hugging Hartman when she shot herself within the head, based on an arrest warrant obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

Rotter claimed he “would have stopped” Hartman — who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair — from capturing herself if he might have, the affidavit states.

However investigators discovered chat logs despatched by the deputy on the evening of the capturing that indicated in any other case, in addition to proof on the house that didn’t match his model of occasions, police mentioned.

Rotter later declined when a detective requested to check out his cellphone and reset the gadget to its manufacturing unit settings when investigators stepped out of an interview room, the affidavit states.

A search warrant later revealed Rotter used the chat service Discord earlier that night to ship a message about capturing a milk bottle in his yard.

About 15 minutes later, chat logs confirmed Rotter and Hartman have been arguing about his gunplay within the yard, the place a milk bottle with a bullet gap was later discovered within the trash, police mentioned.

Rotter then despatched a message that investigators mentioned referred to the lethal capturing, based on the affidavit.

“I simply despatched a 9 millie on this [expletive] hippie,” police mentioned.

A search of Hartman’s cellphone discovered no proof that she was depressed or suicidal, however she did textual content a buddy saying Rotter was “in a temper” and wanted to “kind himself out” as she referred to medicine he was taking, the affidavit states.

Hartman’s post-mortem remains to be listed as pending, the newspaper studies.

Rotter, a deputy since 2005 who was assigned to the division’s narcotics division, remained jailed on $1,150,000 bail as of early Wednesday. He’s been positioned on administrative go away following his arrest, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.