Third suspect captured in double-murder case of Florida couple shot in their sleep
WTSP / Polk County
Larry Waters Jr., Amberlyn Nichols, Todd Michael Jackson

By Dale Greenstein, WTSP

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WTSP) -- The third suspect in a Florida double-murder case was arrested Saturday night in the Wabash area of Lakeland.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said a felon named Todd Michael Jackson, 34, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Jackson murdered a married couple two weeks ago. Judd said in a news conference Saturday that Jackson shot and killed 33-year-old Raymond Cline and his 37-year-old wife Crystal while they slept.

According to the sheriff, Jackson, 34, was an acquaintance of the couple and had access to their Haines City home. Detectives say he killed the couple because he believed they owed him $30,000.

After the shootings, Judd says Jackson and Larry Waters pulled an air-conditioning unit out of the Clines' window and shoved their bodies outside. From there, Judd says the two men put the bodies on a furniture dolly, wheeled them to a nearby swamp and dumped them.

It wasn't until two weeks later that deputies found out about the killings. The sheriff said Amberlyn Nichols was trying to sell the Clines' truck for $200. According to the sheriff, she was telling people she didn't need it because the owner had been shot in the head.

One of those people called the sheriff's office, and Judd said Nichols led them straight to the bodies on Friday, which were decomposing in a swamp near 3500 Windy Hill Road.

Amberlyn Nichols and Larry Waters were arrested and charged with accessory after the fact and failing to report a death.

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