A Florida man walked into the sheriff’s office on Wednesday and confessed to strangling a woman to death over ten years ago, telling police he “can’t live with the crime.”
Benjamin Moulton, 43, told detectives he killed Nicole Scott in a rage attack in 2011, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
“He told detectives that he ‘had found Jehovah and could no longer live with guilt,’” the statement read.
Moulton allegedly gave police information about Scott’s death that was never made public.
Surveillance footage obtained by the Herald-Tribune shows Moulton apparently collapsed outside the sheriff’s office, exiting the back seat of a car and entering the office with a drink in his hand.
He dates an officer, shows the video, as he speaks through a mask with slanted shoulders – the drink still in hand.
“It hardly ever happens,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Randy Warren told Fox 13.
A man found the death of Scott, 29, in a wooded area on University Boulevard in Manatee County, the statement said. According to the sheriff’s office, he was partially clothed and had bruises on his face and was later found strangled.
Officers, who determined his body had been dumped there days earlier, spoke to Moulton about the crime at the time, but never arrested or linked him directly to the crime. The sheriff’s office said detectives had never been able to identify “an obvious suspect” in the case.
Moulton now faces a charge of first degree murder.