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Identity of homicide victim released

By Staff | Jan 31, 2012

The Lee County Sheriff’s office has identified the Bokeelia man found beaten and stabbed to death in his home as Robert Lemon, 87.

Their investigation began early Monday morning after Correnia Bice, 49, told a 9-1-1 operator she’d had a fight with a man inside a residence and he needed an ambulance.

Deputies arriving at the home in the 5800 block of Luloma Lane shortly before 3 a.m. were waved inside where they then found her standing over the body.

Bice, who was subsequently charged with second degree murder, reportedly had blood on her hands, feet and clothing, as well as in her hair.

Lt. Larry King said when deputies arrived at the home they saw Bice standing over the body in the kitchen area. He said Bice had waved at the deputies to enter the home.

Lemon was dead and it was obvious there were injuries and apparent stab wounds, King said.

“She made a number of spontaneous utterances that indicated she didn’t indicate to hurt him that bad,” King said.

Further investigation revealed a Styrofoam plate duct taped to the wall directly across from the rear door. The words “I’m going to kill you so come on” were written with what appeared to be red lipstick. The word “kill” was emphasized with red and yellow writing.

King said one of the dead man’s rings was in Bice’s pocket.

“The ring fell off and she didn’t want people to think she had stolen the ring,” King said about her explanation of why it was in her pocket.

Due to the nature of the incident, homicide detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation.

Bice was subsequently charged with second-degree murder and transported to the Lee County Jail. Her first appearance in court was Tuesday morning. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website no bond amount was issued and she has a scheduled trial date of March 5.

A neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous said she did not know the victim personally. She said Luloma Lane is a pretty quite street that typically has no trouble. The neighbor also said that everybody looks out for one another by keeping an eye on each other.