KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A 24-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with a double homicide at a motel in Osceola County, Sheriff Russ Gibson said at a news conference.
Gibson said Damon Session was arrested in the shooting deaths of Jerry Thompson Jr., 38, and Ginger Lynn Freebold, 34, who were found dead Wednesday at the Roomba Inn and Suites at 5840 U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee.
Officials said they initially were called to the motel for a report of a stabbing and the bodies were found. Gibson said no one heard any shots fired from room 3112, where Thompson and Freebold were found dead. Bed sheets covered the room for much of the afternoon as deputies investigated.
Gibson said Session was using drugs with Thompson and Freebold when an argument ensued and he shot them.
"It's a terrible, terrible tragic end to these lives, and it's a waste," Gibson said. "This is an argument that might've taken place. This is a drug deal gone bad. Whatever it was, two people lost their lives for drugs."
Session was later found in the area when deputies said they spotted a suspicious person, officials said. Gibson said Session implicated himself by mentioning things about the crime scene that only he would know.
"It's not uncommon for people who commit crimes to return to the scene of the crime," Gibson said.
Some motel guests were shaken after hearing the news.
"The housekeeper said that her coworker they found somebody. Two people dead in a room around the corner from us," guest Lala Woods said. "We didn't hear no guns, didn't see no people. No cars. No traffic. No nothing. You're supposed to come to a hotel and have fun. You're not supposed to come to a hotel and find dead bodies. That's really uncomfortable."
As the investigation continues, the Osceola County Sheriff said there is a lesson to be learned from the crime.
"If you're buying drugs, or selling drugs, people will kill you to get what you have, and this is just a prime example of that," he said.
This is not Session's first run-in with the law. A warrant was issued for his arrest about a month ago, after he failed to appear before a judge on a charge of resisting an officer. He also has a criminal history in Georgia and Alabama, including weapon and drug-related charges.
Session is set to face a judge Friday morning, and deputies said more charges could be added.
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