Grand jury indicts man in kidnapping, murder of ex-girlfriend

Victim called 911 to report David Payne forced her in trunk of car

David Payne, left, is wanted in death of Jasmine Samuel.
David Payne, left, is wanted in death of Jasmine Samuel.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the man who deputies say abducted and killed his ex-girlfriend, who called 911 and said she had been forced into the trunk of her car.

David Lewis Payne, 62, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and kidnapping with intent to inflict harm or terror with a firearm in the December death of Jasmine Samuel, 25.

Samuel's body was found inside the vehicle's trunk hours later in the 9000 block of 11th Avenue. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said it received a call just after 12:30 a.m. from Samuel stating that she was forced into the trunk of her vehicle by Payne.

Samuel gave a general area where she said she was abducted and deputies began an extensive search for her black 2014 Nissan Maxima, according to officials.

Deputies said Samuel was on a break while working at Sonoco Consumer Products just after midnight when she was forced into her trunk by Payne, who is also her co-worker and ex-boyfriend.

A manhunt was sparked to find Payne, who was captured at Sam's Club days after Samuel's death.