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Pasco man charged in girlfriend’s death

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A day after deputies said he killed his girlfriend inside his mother’s Holiday home, Randy Scott Johnson drove to a New Port Richey detention facility and turned himself in Sunday.

Johnson, 33, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Tiffany Michelle Currier, a woman he dated for about a year, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sometime between 1 and 7 a.m. Saturday, Currier, 29, was killed inside the home at 1661 Roundtree Road, according to sheriff’s office Detective Chris Meizo.

Although no cause of death was given, an electrical cord was listed as a weapon, according to the arrest report.

Currier’s body was found in a bedroom wrapped in bedding and plastic tarp. Johnston told investigators he was planning to dispose of the body “upon discovering the victim deceased,” the arrest report said.

“(Sunday) was once again a sign to the community … domestic violence is still here, unfortunately,” Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said. “It’s still in our society and we have to make sure people realize this is a very serious issue that hasn’t gone away and it has to be through awareness and education that we can lower the amount of deaths; we can stop this from reoccurring in families.”

Johnson, who was temporarily staying at his mother’s home with Currier, left a note on a door of the house, warning his mother not to go inside, Meizo said. The note contained a confession, Meizo said.

Johnson arrived at the jail about 9 a.m. Sunday.

“He actually drove to the sheriff’s office in the victim’s vehicle where he met a deputy, who was just responding to the jail, outside,” Meizo said, “and walked up to him and informed him, I did a terrible thing. And informed him that he had killed his girlfriend.”

The pair had gone out drinking at Mustang Sally’s Tavern and Slim’s Sports Bar & Grill late Friday night before the killing Saturday morning, authorities said.

Deputies were dispatched to the home just after 10 a.m. on Sunday and found the woman’s body.

The pair were involved in another domestic violence situation in Pinellas County this year, according to Nocco. In that case, Currier was the suspect and an injunction preventing her from having contact with Johnson was put in place. The injunction was later removed, Meizo said.

Currier was arrested Aug. 5 by Pinellas County deputies and charged with domestic battery and criminal mischief. She was released the following day. Nearly a month after the arrest, a request not to persecute and a motion to allow contact was filed in Pinellas court.

“There are a lot of reasons why a person might not leave” an abusive relationship, said Michelle Crowder of Sunrise of Pasco County, a domestic violence shelter. “There could be anything — from the love, if they have children, financial reasons — there are a lot of reasons.”

The couple did not share any children, although Currier had a young child and Johnson has four of his own, Meizo said.

Johnson remains in the Land O’ Lakes without bail.

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