GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Florida newlywed allegedly killed his bride and kidnapped a friend before surrendering to deputies after a dramatic six-hour standoff.
Twenty-three-year-old Charles Edwin Duke was taken Thursday into custody in Levy County. Investigators say he fatally shot 22-year-old Felicia Fine Duke in an argument at their Cedar Key home, then fled with a friend who was staying with them.
Authorities caught on after the friend, Justin White, secretly sent a cryptic text message to the victim's sister.
Duke finally called the sheriff himself, saying his wife's body was in a nearby hunting camp and he had a hostage.
The scene finally ended in a wilderness area where locals go mud-bogging. Duke asked to speak with his father, and surrendered after deputies found him and the two talked.