Man Arrested for Allgedly Murdering his Mother
A man is behind bars after allegedly murdering his mother.
The body of Roxie Scott -Kotb was discovered in her apartment more than a week ago.
The last time anyone saw Scott-Kotb was on January 4, 2012.
Detectives believe the last person who saw her alive was her adopted son 40- year -old Darryl Dewayne Scott.
"You would want to know if a killer is staying by you, right?" said Ashley Anderson.
Anderson lives two doors down from Darryl Scott. A man charged with the murder of his mother.
"If he killed his mom, he could kill me too," said Anderson.
Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department said on January 13, 2012 friends of Scott-Kotb discovered her body in her apartment at the Bivens Cove complex.
An autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Her neighbors say she feared her adopted son.
"She had gone so far as to change her locks to her residence because she was in some sort of fear," said Tobias.
Tobias said Scott stole his mothers car, credit cards and identification.
Officers spotted the stolen vehicle the day after the body was found.
"The occupants that were driving the vehicle at the time identified Scott as the person that lent them the vehicle in exchange for crack cocaine," said Tobias.
Detectives stopped by Gator City Motors where Scott worked as a salesman. There they found out he stole a car from the dealership.
"We started tracking her credit card information and realizing that while she had already been deceased, her credit cards were still active and they were actually being used by Scott," said Tobias.
Tobias said Scott left Gainesville and then traveled to New York, but on Sunday January 20, 2012 Scott was arrested in the Orlando area.
Detectives said he has not confessed to murdering his mother, but neighbors believe his motive was drug related.
"Crack addiction. I heard he wanted money for crack and his mom wouldn't give it to him," Ishmael Durr.
Records show Scott was in prison for almost 14 years for attempted murder.
He now faces two counts of grand theft auto and a murder charge.
He is currently being held at the Orange County jail and will soon be transferred to the Alachua County jail.
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