LARGO — A 32-year old man arrested Tuesday in the death of a Largo woman was a transient who the victim had invited into her home, according to an arrest affidavit.
William Sergeant Coffin faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Canon King, Largo police said.
After the two met, King invited him to stay with her at 1008 10th Ave. N.W., the affidavit says.
Once there, Coffin stole her jewelry and later tried to sell it, the affidavit says. He then returned to her home, the two engaged in sex and then Coffin repeatedly stabbed her in the neck, slicing her carotid artery, the affidavit says.
Largo police said Tuesday that Coffin was linked to the slaying through DNA evidence.
After his arrest, Coffin said he wanted to steal anything he could from King to sell and then buy drugs, the affidavit says. He also admitted to stabbing King, leaving the knife, the affidavit says. He said he tried to clean up any evidence that would link him to the slaying, rearranged furniture to make it look like a robbery, and threw what he believed was evidence into various garbage cans outside the home, the affidavit says.
He also admits to having taken money from King after he killed her, the affidavit says.