Deputies search for clues after husband, wife killed



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the deaths of a husband and wife in their home, which has been ruled a double homicide.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the death of the married couple. Their bodies were found in their east Orange County home Friday morning.

Deputies said the man’s mother was worried because she had not heard from them in a while, so she went to their home on Aein Road, where they were found dead.

Investigators identified the couple as James Smith, 52, and Annmarie Smith, 59. Late Friday, officials announced the deaths were ruled a double homicide.

Deputies had the street blocked off for most of the day Friday as they investigated. Investigators said they don't have any suspects yet.

WFTV learned least one neighbor has surveillance cameras, but it's unclear if they caught any suspects at the home.

Neighbors dropped off flowers at the front gate of the home Friday evening.

Rick Smith lives closest to the home where the crime occurred.

"It's weird, very strange, weird feeling that that happened right next door," Smith said.

Deputies won't say exactly how the couple died, but several neighbors told investigators they heard gunshots early Friday morning.

"I first woke up in the dark at 6 a.m. and I heard five or six shots, pops, you know," Smith said.

Another neighbor, Patti Messina, said she heard the shots and believes it all started with an argument at night.

"Last night, the fighting started around 3 a.m. and then kind of quieted down and then got real loud around 5 a.m.," Messina said.

Residents on the street are uneasy now, knowing detectives don't have any suspects in custody.

"It's kind of a sick feeling," Smith said.

Officials said the investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office.