• Woman's husband charged with murder after body found in burning home


    SORRENTO, Fla. - Channel 9 learned a woman who was found dead inside a burning home in Sorrento earlier this week was strangled and her husband has since been arrested.

    The body of Lizeth Mendivil-Valdez , 34, was found inside the home on Vine Street near State Road 46 Wednesday.

    Residents in the neighborhood said they were shocked when they learned the victim's husband, Ildefonso Valdez, 47, was later arrested on murder charges.

    Deputies believe Valdez strangled his wife in a violent attack and then set the home on fire to cover up the crime.

    After collecting evidence, deputies arrested the suspect Friday morning.

    Valdez is jailed without bond.

    Neighbors said they're now worried about the couple's kids, who are 14, 11 and 9. Channel 9 was told they're staying with relatives.

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