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Trial date set for Florida’s “suitcase murderer” Sarah Boone

A central Florida woman who killed her boyfriend more than four years ago by locking him in a suitcase, according to authorities, is now scheduled to go on trial in October.

Sarah Boone, 46, is suspected of leaving 42-year-old Jorge Torres to die in a suitcase in their shared apartment in Winter Park, north of Orlando.

Boone was arrested in February 2020 for premeditated murder.

She initially told Orange County sheriff's officials that she and Torres were playing hide-and-seek and agreed it would be funny if he got into a large suitcase, according to an affidavit from the sheriff's office.

According to Boone, the two had been drinking. She told investigators she fell asleep but thought Torres would be able to climb out of the suitcase on his own.

When she woke up the next morning, she unzipped the bag and found him unconscious, she told investigators.

However, videos on her cellphone contradicted her account of events, authorities said.

In a video, Torres can be seen repeatedly calling her name and saying he couldn't breathe, local television station WESH reported, citing the affidavit.

“I can't [expletive] “Breathe, seriously,” he told her.

“Yeah, that's what you do when you choke me,” Boone replied, according to the report. “Oh, that's how I feel when you cheat on me.”

Boone, who has hired several attorneys since her initial arrest, appeared at a status hearing on Friday and told the judge she was still unhappy with her representation, according to Court TV.

“Everyone keeps, keeps, keeps blaming me for why I'm now attorney number eight,” Boone told the judge. “I'm not the reason for any of them.”

Her trial was scheduled for October 7.

With News Wire Services