Deputies charge Dunnellon man with staging home invasion to cover up murder

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 2:50 PM EST

Marion County deputies charged a Dunnellon man Tuesday with allegedly staging a home invasion to cover up the murder of his girlfriend.

David Romig, 52, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence by staging a crime scene, and false reporting of a crime.

On Jan. 30, Romig reported to deputies that an armed intruder entered his home on 10499 SW 122nd Court. He told them that his girlfriend, Sally Kaufmann-Ruff, 64, was shot during an altercation with the intruder.

Kaufmann-Ruff was transported to a hospital in critical condition, but she later died from her injuries.

Investigators later found Romig’s DNA on items Romig claimed were from the intruder, says a news release. Romig also reportedly sent incriminating text messages to detectives.

Romig alleges that he had an “out-of-body” experience. Deputies say Romig told them he felt like he was wrestling with himself and the gun went off, shooting Kaufmann-Ruff in the head.

He reportedly said he staged a home invasion because he blacked out.

Romig is being held with no bond in Marion County Jail.