Man Shoots Fiancee Day Before Wedding
A general view of the newsroom of Al-Mayadeen, a new pan Arab satellite TV station which is launching broadcasts from Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, June 11, 2012. The satellite television station that hopes to challenge the dominance of Arab Gulf channels went on the air Monday, promising to deliver "reality as it is." The Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen joins a slew of other all-news Arab TV stations competing for viewers at a time of momentous political change in the Arab world. The station promises to support the Palestinian cause and all forms of "resistance." (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) / Bilal Hussein
"We're still trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together," Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle told CBS' "The Early Show" Monday.
John Tabutt, 62, told investigators he got his gun when he thought he heard an intruder, then fired at a figure in the hallway, according to Brunelle. It was Tabutt's live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore, whom family members say he was going to marry Saturday. Tabutt told authorities he thought she was next to him in bed the whole time.
Brunelle said police were not yet viewing Tabutt's claim about believing Dinsmore was next to him in bed as suspicious and added Tabutt has no criminal record on file.
Tabutt called the police emergency dispatcher shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, moaning and sobbing, the newspaper reported.
"I thought I had an intruder in the house," he told the emergency dispatcher. "Honest to God, she looks dead."
He then thought he heard her take a breath.
"Hang in there, Honey. Hang in there," he said.
As for Tabutt's demeanor when police arrived, "he was as frantic as he sounds on tape," Brunelle said.
The couple planned to wed in a small ceremony Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winter Springs, Dinsmore's son-in-law Scott Sposato, of Vero Beach, told the Orlando Sentinel.
"They loved each other," he said. "It was quite apparent."
Winter Springs is about 15 miles north of Orlando.
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