Vickie Williams: Woman who has been detained 24 times accused of 'ruthless' murders of elderly couple
MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA: A Georgia woman was detained following the brutal murder of an elderly couple from Mount Dora. According to officials, Vickie Lynn Williams, 50, was detained on Monday, January 2, in Savannah after she was allegedly accused of killing Sharon Getman, 80, and Darryl Getman, 83, on New Year's Eve. The elderly couple was killed in their house in the Mount Dora retirement community of Waterman Villages. Williams was arrested at an Amtrak station when Savannah Police recognized the lime green Kia she was driving as a vehicle theft. Currently, she is in the custody of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, awaiting extradition to Florida.
Interim police chief Mike Gibson described the killings of Darryl, 83, and Sharon, 80, as "ruthless" and "senseless" during a press conference on Tuesday. Williams was apparently unfamiliar to the couple, and it appears that their homicides were random, according to Mount Dora police authorities. Williams, who resides in Savannah, has very few links to Central Florida and no known ties to Mount Dora, the interim police chief further described to the media. The Getmans' bodies were discovered on Saturday, December 31 when a neighbor noticed that their garage door was unusually open. Their cause of death has not been revealed to the public, according to People.
"They were enjoying their 'golden years' of retirement, something that we all kind of look forward to I think. However, in this case, the 'golden years' of Darryl and Sharon were tragically cut short by a ruthless and senseless double homicide," Gibson said in the Press Conference. Mount Dora Police Department paid their tribute to the elderly couple in their official Facebook post, "Our most sincere condolences go to the family and friends of Darryl and Sharon Getman. Our prayers are with you. We pray that whatever God they believed in, receives them with open arms. May you turn towards each other for peace while navigating this difficult time."
According to reports, on December 30 at around 3 pm, a "suspicious woman" was led from the grounds of Lakeside of Waterman Village. A security camera at the back of the complex caught the same woman again around an hour later. Police said that the woman entered the property a third time at about 10:58 pm through the large tower at the complex's entrance. At that point, she knocked on a door and requested to use a tenant's shower. Security and police didn't react until a terrified resident pressed her alarm. However, by that time, the woman had fled the scene.
Later, the suspicious lady returned to the property of the elderly couple five times until security asked her to leave at 2:12 am on December 31. The couple was discovered dead by Mount Dora police at around 4 o'clock.
Through the year 2022, William was detained 24 times in Ohio on charges ranging from misdemeanors to crimes, such as felony assault, criminal trespassing, theft, robbery, receiving stolen goods, and domestic abuse. In South Carolina, she was detained twice in 2016 on suspicion of grand larceny. Her lawsuit is still ongoing in South Carolina.
WFTV in Orlando was able to acquire a statement from the victims' adult children on Wednesday. “We are stunned, devastated, and heartbroken by the horrific murder of our parents,” Anthony and Brittany Getman said. “If there are words to describe what has happened and its impact to our family and the community, we have not found them.
The Getmans, who had been together for 58 years, spent around 20 years living in Mount Dora and were "enjoying their golden years staying active and spending time with their many friends," according to the statement.