Jury finds David Tronnes guilty of first-degree murder in wife’s death

ORLANDO, Fla. — A jury found David Tronnes guilty of first-degree murder for killing his wife in their Delaney Park home in 2018.

You can read live updates on the case below:

8:30 p.m. update

Shanti Cooper’s family is expected to hold a news conference after her husband David Tronnes was found guilty of her murder. You can stream their remarks live below.


8:05 p.m. update

A jury has found David Tronnes guilty of first-degree murder for the death of his wife in 2018. The death penalty was taken off the table years ago. The judge handed down a life sentence after the verdict was read.

7:55 p.m. update

The jury has reached a verdict in the David Tronnes trial. You can stream it read live here.


5:45 p.m. update

Jurors returned to the courtroom at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to ask the judge a question.

They asked for a more detailed explanation of the word “premeditation.”

The judge referred them to the definition included in their jury instructions.


2 p.m. update

The jury started deliberating in the David Tronnes trial at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 for ongoing developments.


The trial of an Orlando man accused of killing his wife is set to continue Wednesday.

David Tronnes is accused of killing Shanti Cooper-Tronnes in their Delaney Park home five years ago.

Jurors watched videos Tuesday of investigators interrogating Tronnes days after his wife’s death.

Watch: Recording of 2018 interrogation becomes central focus of Delaney Park man’s murder trial

Tronnes maintained his composure in court while investigators showed the videos.

In the videos, Tronnes outlined his actions, saying he left home to walk his dogs, did yard work for nearly an hour, and then found his wife lifeless in the bathtub after 3 p.m.

Watch: David Tronnes murder trial: TV producer says couple’s Delaney Park home was ready to collapse

However, investigators challenged his timeline, suspecting that his wife had already died before he went to the park.

In the recording, investigators repeatedly probed Tronnes for any withheld information.

Watch: Son of murder victim faces mom’s accused killer in court

Investigators believe that Tronnes strangled and beat his wife, citing facial swelling and bruises on both eyes as evidence that contradicts Tronnes’ account.

Channel 9 will have a crew following the trial inside the courtroom and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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