Man doesn't remember killing Kissimmee roommate, deputies say

Scott Douglas Waddell faces first-degree murder charge

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A man told deputies that he doesn't remember shooting his roommate at least half a dozen times at the Kissimmee condo they shared, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities responded to an alarm call about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Villas at Island Club on  Britannia Blvd., and discovered Scott Douglas Waddell, 45, inside the unit.

Waddell answered the door wearing boxers and a T-shirt and had blood on his hands and feet, the warrant said. He allowed deputies inside the unit and they found Nicholas Anthony Corvino, 30, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, lying on the floor next to his bed, according to deputies.

Corvino was shot five times in the back, once in the head and in the front of his body, according to the report. Corvino had no defensive wounds that would indicate a struggle between him and his roommate.

Deputies said Waddell agreed to be interviewed about the crime and asked multiple times if Corvino was dead.

"He repeated numerous times he was fine but could not remember what happened before the cops showed up today at his home," a detective wrote in the arrest affidavit.

Waddell said he and Corvino had been best friends for about 10 years and roommates for two years. He also told deputies that he has been mentally disabled for about 15 years and takes numerous medications for his mental health.

The detective then began asking Waddell about the shooting. Waddell said he and Corvino were hanging out in their living room Monday night drinking Bud Light and television.

Waddell said they both had between 10 and 15 beers each but he was not drunk and still remembered to take his medication before he went to bed at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies said Waddell claimed that he was in bed and woke up scared for some reason, which happens often.

"He explained he suffers from nightmares and sometimes has homicidal thoughts wanting to kill young men. He said he has never acted on these thoughts and is not a violent person," the affidavit read.

Waddell was unable to remember what led to the shooting, but did provide authorities with his Spectrum login so they could access security camera footage.

The video showed Waddell getting out of bed at 11:08 a.m. and reaching for his nightstand, which is where he told deputies he keeps his 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun. At this time, video showed Corvino asleep in bed.

At 11:09 a.m., Waddell is seen moving Corvino's body to the side of the bed, the report said. He then stares at Corvino's motionless body for an extended period of time, according to deputies.

The actual shooting was not seen in the security video, but the firing of the 13 shots set off the  system's glass break alarm, which prompted deputies to respond to the unit.

Waddell is facing a first-degree murder charge.

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