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Florida man, lover hired someone to kill his wife, police say

44-year-old woman found dead May 9 in couple's Westside home

Jerry Burns and Amanda Love.
Jerry Burns and Amanda Love.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 50-year-old man and his 30-year-old mistress were arrested in connection with the death of his wife, which was made to look like a bungled burglary, authorities said.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Lt. Craig Waldrup told news outlets that Jerry "Tommy" Burns and Amanda Love were arrested Friday on second-degree murder charges. The search continues for the person who killed 44-year-old Velvet Floyd Burns.

Burns told officers he left for work May 9 and a family friend found his wife's body later that day. Investigators discovered Burns and Love were having an affair.

Waldrup said the couple offered someone thousands in cash and a portion of Burns' life insurance policy as a payment for her death.

Attorneys for Burns and Love aren't listed on jail records.