SEBRING — A Sebring area man has been charged with murder after reportedly admitting to stabbing his live-in girlfriend late Tuesday night, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
Richard Conway Strickland, 51, told authorities that he “lost it” during an argument with his girlfriend, Shirley Anne Temple, 51, and began stabbing her at their home, at 5127 Barnum St.
Deputies responding to the incident found Strickland covered in blood and sitting on a chair outside the mobile home in the Desoto City area, the Sheriff‘s Office said.
Authorities found Temple on the kitchen flood stabbed to death with stab wounds from multiple knives.
Strickland told authorities that after Temple stopped moving he called families to tell them goodbye. One of those family members called 911, authorities said.
Strickland’s booking at the Highlands County Jail was delayed Wednesday because he had to be transported to a hospital for treatment of cuts on his hands.
This wasn’t the first time that authorities have responded to incidents at the 5127 Barnum St. address.
In June 2016, Strickland reported that a man, who was Temple’s former live-in boyfriend, broke a window on the property.
Strickland told authorities the man arrived at the residence and started yelling at Temple and him. It was just before leaving that the man broke the window, Strickland told authorities.
Temple had told authorities that the other man had paid for her to move to the area. She said in 2016 that after living with the other man, she left and moved in with Strickland but was not in a relationship with him.
Authorities had also responded to a disturbance at the residence in March 2016, but a report was not available.
Strickland pleaded guilty to felony domestic battery in 2010, but that charge did not involve Temple.