A woman in Orange County, Florida, accused of murdering her boyfriend by sealing him inside a zipped-up suitcase for several hours returned to court this week, WFTV-TV reported.
Sarah Boone, 42, stands accused of intentionally leaving her boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr., trapped inside a suitcase overnight in the pair’s apartment in February 2020 despite his frequent pleading to be let out.
Upon discovering Torres dead inside the suitcase the following morning, Boone called 911 to report the incident. She would later tell police that she and Torres were drunk and playing hide-and-seek the night before and that his death was an accident.
But videos discovered on Boone’s cell phone during an investigation told a much a different story.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained the videos through a public records request, Boone could be heard and seen in the videos taunting Torres while he begged her to open the suitcase and complained that he couldn’t breathe.
“I can’t [expletive] breathe. Seriously,” he allegedly pleaded in the first video, recorded at 11:12 p.m. on Feb. 23.
“Yeah, that’s what you do when you choke me,” Boone replied, adding, “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me” and “you should probably shut the [expletive] up.”
In a second video, reportedly recorded at 11:23 p.m., the suitcase can be seen sitting upright in the couple’s living room a few feet away from where it was in the first video.
Torres can be heard shouting Boone’s name before she stopped recording.
Boone told investigators that she went upstairs and fell asleep assuming that Torres would be able to get out of the suitcase without her help. But the next morning, she found him still inside and not breathing.
An initial autopsy showed Torres suffered injuries on his forehead, bruises on his shoulder, a busted lip, and scratches on his back. The county medical examiner determined his cause of death to be asphyxiation.
The pair reportedly had a documented history of domestic violence incidents.
Boone reportedly didn’t call the police right away, but first contacted her ex-husband, asking him to come over. When he arrived at approximately 1 p.m., he advised her to report the incident.
Boone was charged with second-degree murder and booked into Orange County Jail without bond. Her trial is set to begin May 16.
Woman accused of killing boyfriend by zipping him in suitcase