A woman has been charged after confessing to killing an elderly man and burying him in a shallow grave at her Miami Gardens home, authorities said.
Clio Maria Trice, 50, admitted to a neighbor that she struck the 81-year-old man in the head, strangled him until he died and buried him in her backyard, according to a police report.
The neighbor called police and officers responded to the home in the 200 block of Northwest 194th Terrace just after 5 p.m. on Monday to execute a search warrant.
Miami Gardens Police confirmed Tuesday morning that the man's body was found buried beneath a wooden plank in what appeared to be a freshly-filled grave.
Trice was taken into police custody, later charged with second-degree murder and will be held without bond.
She told police that she and the victim had been living together since 2008.
Trice said they initially had a "dating relationship" that eventually came to resemble that of a "father and daughter," and that they would regularly argue or have physical altercations, according to the report.
Neighbors say at times, it felt like Trice had a split personality.
"Although I knew her for over 30 years, I discovered she had two personalities — one calm and the other that's aggressive," said neighbor Carlos Savizon.
Another neighbor described her as "hot-tempered," and that the victim had grown frail in recent years.
"Sometimes they're bickering and sometimes he's aggressive ... he was aggressive in a way that they have conflicts," Savizon said.
The identity of the victim has not been released. It's unclear when he was killed or how long his body was in the backyard.
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