Two months after a Florida man was arrested and charged with the murder of his 39-year-old wife, local police are investigating the case and trying to find out his motive for the alleged killing of Shanti Cooper-Tronnes. David Tronnes, 50, is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail without bond and the State Attorney’s Office released interviews with the former couple’s friends and family members — and many of them hinted that money may have been the underlying issue in Shanti and David’s marriage, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
“Dave was doing things that was [ticking] her off as it pertains to money,” one of Shanti’s friends revealed, according to The Orlando Sentinel. The pal went on to explain that David told Shanti that he only wanted to pay “one-third” of the rent that he shared with Shanti and her young son.
According to Shanti’s friend, David acted “weird” when it came to paying for groceries. “He always talked about how he had a ton of money, but she couldn’t figure out why he was such a miser,” she continued in her statement to investigators.
But Shanti’s father said David painted himself out to be a very wealthy man, claiming that he inherited anywhere between $4 million and $6 million from his father. Shanti’s father-in-law said when Shanti’s mother was near death, she asked him about her insurance policy — but he felt it was David who was mostly interested in the money. “It just was my gut feeling,” Shanti’s father-in-law said. “He always claimed he had millions, but Shanti bought everything.”
On April 24, 2018, David called 911 and claimed that he came home and found Shanti unresponsive and not breathing in a bathtub, The Orlando Sentinel previously reported. It was later found that Shanti, who was only married to David for one year, died from blunt head trauma and strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide.