Woman murdered, dismembered man in Daytona Beach, police say

Victim's arms, legs were found at fernery

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor, Jennifer Ortega - Reporter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A woman has been arrested months after authorities say she shot a man in the head, cut off his arms and legs and discarded them at a fernery, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Police said they were called to a residence at 1222 North St. for a well-being check and they found the body of Jeffrey Albertsman, 55, badly decomposed.

He had been shot in the head and the chest and his arms and legs were missing, according to an affidavit.

Police said Albertsman's arms and legs were found at a fernery in western Volusia County two months later.

Nelci Tetley was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Albertsman's death after police said they got the DNA results from the crime scene.

"We processed the crime scene, we had to send some blood evidence off her DNA,"  Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said.

Records show that Tetley was arrested in October 2016 after she struck Albertsman and told him, "I could kill you tonight if I wanted."

The arrest affidavit notes that Tetley and Albertsman had been in a romantic relationship for nine years.

She completed her 11 months of probation in connection with that case in May 2017.

A neighbor who spoke with News 6 said the two were a couple and that there were warning signs.

"It's good to find out that they can know who and get some closure on the case, because it's not fair to this guy that was killed," a neighbor said.

The neighbor said she saw Tetley at the house all the time, and that there was always something off.

"She was very possessive of him. She would follow him to work. She would follow him back home," the neighbor said.

Capri agreed that the couple's 10-year relationship was filled with abuse and ended in tragedy,

"That's the big thing. Getting justice for the family and justice for our victims," Capri said.

Police said Tetly was also a person of interest in a similar homicide case out of Ormond Beach that happened 10 years ago. Police there said they're still investigating.

An arrest affidavit notes that Albertsman and the other man, Michael Louis, were both dismembered in an unusual way with the use of a knife. Tetly denied remembering that Louis, a man she dated, had been murdered, according to the report.

A relative of Louis claimed that he became shy and reserved when he started dating Tetly.

Tetley is being held without bond.

Victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-7233 or in Central Florida the Harbor House 24-hour crisis hotline at 407-886-2856.

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