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Bail set for man charged in 'body in barrel' case

David M. Muringer David M. Muringer
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Authorities say David Muringer, 40, faces charges of manslaughter and unlawful disposal of human remains.

Update, WED 11 AM: A judge set bail Wednesday morning for David Muringer who was arrested for killing Doris Lopez, 48, in October. She was discovered wrapped in plastic, in a barrel inside of her car in Delray Beach.

Muringer originally told police a drug dealer or drug overdose must have killed Lopez, who he had been casually dating.

But according to a probable cause affidavit, Muringer finally told police Lopez died after he strangled her during sex. He claimed it was an accident.

Muringer is charged with manslaughter and unlawful disposal of human remains. A judge set bond at $100,000 for the first charge and $50,000 for the second.

Previously: An arrest has been made in connection with the October discovery of a woman whose body was found inside a barrel in the backseat of a 2006 Kia.

Authorities say David Muringer, 40, faces charges of manslaughter and unlawful disposal of human remains.

Using dental records, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office was able to identify the remains as Doris Lopez. The 48-year-old lived on Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The car in which Lopez was found was discovered on SE 6th Avenue and was registered to her. Detectives found a phone receipt with Muringer's name on it while searching the victim's car. They traced him to Lake Worth.

According to a probable cause affidavit Muringer eventually admitted he was with Lopez the night she died and said that she died during 'rough' sex when he put his hand around her throat and applied pressure.

According to the affidavit: Muringer did not mean to kill her and claims it was an accident. He tried CPR but suspected it was too late. He started to "freak out" because she was dead and he did not want to go back to prison because he was under the prison re-offender program.

The affidavit further states that Lopez stayed in his bed for two days when he tried to figure out what to do and that he eventually decided to put her body in a plastic bag and then inside a barrel. He then put it in her car and drove it to Delray Beach.

Police say Palm Beach County Sherriff's deputies in conjunction with the US Marshals Fugitive Task arrested Muringer Monday.

Delray Beach police expect to answer further questions about the case on Tuesday.

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