A Clay County man has been charged with murder after a shallow grave in his backyard yielded the body of a woman believed to be his former girlfriend.
Kenneth Ray McBride, 35, of the 2500 block of Myrtle Street in Middleburg was arrested overnight by detectives with the Clay County Sherif's Office. McBride, a registered sexual predator, has been charged with one count of murder.
Sheriff Rick Beseler said a woman living with McBride fled the house Tuesday and contacted detectives to tell them about a potential homicide that occurred more than a month ago. Investigators who went to the house in Middleburg found the grave. The woman whose body was in the grave suffered from cerebral palsy, Beseler said. (WTF!?!?!?)
McBride was arrested Tuesday evening driving his truck in Orange Park. Beseler said the investigation is continuing. Detectives said the woman who escaped from the house was in fear for her safety and had been living at the house but not present when the crime occurred.
Investigators said the woman's wheelchair and other items were donated to charity after she died.
The name of the victim has not been released because she has not been positively identified by the Medical Examiner's Office, according to the Sheriff's Office.