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IRCSO: Man shoots and kills wife in Vero Beach


VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A Vero Beach man has been arrested for the murder of his wife Tuesday night.

On the evening of November 3, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office received a call from a concerned family member of 63-year-old Cynthia Betts of Vero Beach.

The caller advised IRCSO that Betts and her husband, 57-year-old Asbury Lee Perkins II, have had domestic violence issues throughout their relationship and they feared something had happened to her because she was not answering their calls.

IRCSO says when deputies arrived at the Perkins/Betts residence they knocked on the front door and the lights inside and outside of the residence were immediately turned off.

Deputies approached the rear of the residence and made contact with Asbury Lee Perkins who told them his wife had gone to visit family members.

Deputies confirmed that Betts was not with family members as Perkins went back inside the residence and refused to interact with them any longer.

Deputies learned that Perkins owned a handgun and observed him inside the residence reaching into a drawer and ignoring the commands of the deputies. They entered the house, secured Perkins, and quickly located the body of Cynthia Betts.

IRCSO says a search warrant was then obtained for the residence and the scene processed.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Perkins admitted to shooting and killing his wife because she took money out of their banking account without his knowledge and she continually "nagged" him.

Perkins was arrested and charged with first degree premeditated murder.

He is being held without bond at the Indian River County Jail. IRCSO says Perkins has previous arrests for domestic violence battery against Betts.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, "Today we mourn another tragic death at the hands of domestic violence. We know that one in three women will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. Please talk to your family and friends about domestic violence, because it is a silent killer that lives within our community every day."

If you or someone you know is living with domestic violence, please reach out to an organization like SafeSpace - the only domestic violence shelter and outreach program on the Treasure Coast. You can contact SafeSpace toll free at 1-800-500-1119.

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