DELRAY BEACH (CBS4) – Bail is set at $150,000 for a Lake Worth man accused of leaving a dead woman’s body in a cardboard drum barrel in the back seat of her car in South Florida.
Police said 40-year-old David Muringer initially told authorities that he was dating 48-year-old Doris Lopez but had last seen her weeks before her death in October.
Doris Lopez’s body was found inside a car parked at a Delray Beach parking lot on October 26th.
Three months since that discovery, police arrested Muringer and have charged him with manslaughter in her death.
Muringer allegedly told authorities he had been casually dating 48-year-old Lopez, who was unemployed and lived in West Palm Beach. He told police he choked Lopez during sex, but said her death was accidental. He said she lost consciousness once before and she had awakened moments later. However, on the night she died, her losing consciousness angered him and he threw her off the bed, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
He left the apartment and when he returned she remained on the floor dead.
Muringer waited two days before allegedly stuffing her body in a plastic bag then pushing it into a cardboard barrel he had since childhood, according to the Delray Beach police report.
“He told us he sealed the barrel with duct tape, rolled the barrel out of his apartment and placed the barrel into the back seat of the victim’s car,” Delray Beach police Detective Jason Jabcuga wrote in the arrest report, which was quoted in the paper.
Detectives say he drove around in her Kia with her body in the trunk until he settled on the parking lot at Delray Beach in front of the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant at 25 SE 6th Avenue.
Muringer became a suspect in the case after a cell phone receipt was found in the Kia with his name on it. Muringer has a large rap sheet with more than 80 arrests since 1995.
He faces charges of manslaughter and unlawful disposal of human remains.
Police are investigating the exact cause of Lopez’s death.
His attorney’s name wasn’t immediately known.
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