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Florida Man, and Ex-Husband, Charged in the Slaying of Newly Wed Nurse and Pastor.

Sony Josaphat/Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

A Palm Beach County, Florida man has been charged with murdering a husband and wife.

News reports claim that Sony Josaphat became enraged when his ex-wife remarried after divorcing him.

Just after 8:30am Saturday morning deputies responded to a shooting in the 12000 block of Summit Run Circle, west of South Military Trail, near West Palm Beach. When they arrived they found a man and a woman who had been shot. The couple, who were lying on the walkway outside of their home, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A suspect, later identified as Josophat, who had been seen fleeing the scene, later turned himself in to authorities.

WPTV reports that Josaphat was divorced on Nov. 22 from the victim, according to a clerk record.

During interviews with people who lived at the home, detectives learned he had not lived at the residence in over a year "but randomly shows up from time to time and has a history of being controlling."

According to a witness, the couple, identified by family as Kerlande and Marcelline Racine, were outside installing exterior cameras at the home and one of them was getting groceries from the trunk of her car. The suspect was seen walking south through the yard.

He has parked his car across the street, according to the report.

Kerlande and Marcelline Racine Wedding photo contributed by family

The suspect greeted the couple and "after a few moments, Sony pulled out a pistol and shot" them, detectives said.

Josaphat's adult daughter called 911 to report that her father shot her mother and her step-father.

In questioning at the jail, the suspect said the woman "has been disrespecting him and blocked his calls."

Josaphat said he left his apartment at 1179 Benoist Farms Road near West Palm Beach, to the victims' home to take his daughter to breakfast at the home. "He said anger took over him," according to the arrest report. He told detectives he shot them and his daughter witnessed it.

"Sony said he knew what he did was wrong and has never done anything like this," according to the report.

Marcelline Racine's sister told news outlets that her sister, who had just turned 45, got married on her birthday December 2. Only one week prior to her killing.

The arrest report states that Josaphat learned of the marriage and it "filled him with anger and he hasn't been able to sleep."

"She has never been as happy as she was now," the sister said.

The victim moved from Haiti 25 years ago and worked her way up to becoming a nurse practitioner, her sister told WPTV. The man was a pastor.

She said three of the woman's children were inside the house during the shooting, including one adult who witnessed it.

Josaphat remains in jail and is facing two charges of first-degree murder.


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