Jessica Winkler
Jessica Winkler (Source: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

Englewood, Florida, US – A man who identifies as a transgender woman shot his spouse to death, and dug a hole in the backyard of his family home in a nearby county with the intent of burying the body there.

Jessica Winkler, aged 49, a landscaper by profession, killed 51-year-old Rhiannon Layendecker in their shared home in Sarasota County. As the pair argued, Mr Winkler retrieved a gun from another room and shot Mr Layendecker one time in cold blood.

The victim also identified as a transgender woman.

Mr Winkler wrapped his spouse’s body in a blanket, and used a chair with wheels to transport the body to the vehicle. He placed the remains in the bed of the truck before dumping the gun and chair in a body of water near the home. He also began digging a hole outside a Charlotte County home, where he planned to place the body.

However, the next day, he changed his mind and called 911.

The Sheriff’s Office dive team found the chair and gun in the water. Neighbors confirmed that they’d witnessed Mr Winkler digging the hole that investigators found in the backyard of the home owned by Mr Winkler’s family.

Mr Winkler pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder. He must serve at least 25 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole.

Read more on this story

Transgender woman admits shooting, killing transgender wife
ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB
ENGLEWOODA (WWSB) – A transgender woman who killed her wife, who was also transgender, has pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

She killed her wife at home, cops say — but she wasn’t quite finished
Miami Herald
A Florida woman shot her wife to death during an argument in their home and planned to bury the victim’s body in nearby Charlotte County, according to Sarasota County investigators.

Englewood woman tried to cover up murder, sheriff says
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Jessica Winkler called 911 and told the operator she shot her wife, a sheriff’s report says.

Englewood woman confesses to wife’s murder, authorities say
WFLA News Channel 8 – Tampa FL
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives say an Englewood woman called 911 to report her wife’s murder on Saturday.


  1. In which prison will “she” serve? This trans thing is going to skew crime reporting and crime statistics. The earlier reports of the crime called the murderer a woman, which is a lie. There should be two new categories of crime statistics and I think the most active category will be “transgender women”, because they are men for starters and that never goes away, not to mention that identifying a the opposite sex is pathological.

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