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Homeless Woman Indicted in the New Year’s Eve Knife Slayings of Couple in Florida Retirement Home

Vickie Lynn Williams (left) allegedly murdered Sharon and Darryl Getman at the couple's Florida home.

Vickie Lynn Williams, left, is accused of killing Sharon and Darryl Getman at the couple’s Florida home. (Mugshot of Williams via Lake County Jail; image of the Getmans via Mount Dora Police Department)

A 50-year-old homeless woman has been indicted in connection with the New Year’s Eve knife slayings of a couple in their Florida retirement home.

Vickie Lynn Williams was indicted by a grand jury in Lake County on Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sharon Getman, 80, and her husband, Darryl Getman, 83, authorities said.

The indictment came down after investigators provided evidence they say connects Williams to the killings, according to a news release from the State Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Fifth Circuit.

Police found the bodies while responding to 911 calls reporting that two people had been killed at the Lakeside at Waterman Village Retirement Community in the 300 block of Lake Margaret Circle, according to an affidavit obtained by Law&Crime.

Once there, authorities said they noticed the garage was empty and the door open.

Police found the wife in the entryway surrounded by blood. She had suffered head trauma. Her body had been surrounded by white towels, in what police said appeared to be an attempt by someone to either render aid or clean up, the document states.

The husband suffered severe head and facial trauma, investigators said. A large butcher-style knife remained inside his body.

Investigators said they followed a trail of bloody footprints to the garage, and that the couple’s car had been stolen.

Investigators tracked down that car in a parking lot of a Savannah, Georgia train station where they found Williams sleeping inside, police said.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed the suspect in the retirement community before the killings, and leaving the retirement community in the Getmans’ car hours before the couple was found dead, authorities said.

Williams is set to appear for her arraignment on Jan. 30.

See the indictment documents below.

(Mugshot of Williams via Lake County Jail; image of the Getmans via Mount Dora Police Department)

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Jerry Lambe is a journalist at Law&Crime. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School and previously worked in financial securities compliance and Civil Rights employment law.