Paul Winter's widow 'numb' after Cristobal Palacio verdict
- 6 August 2012
- From the section Kent
The widow of a man murdered by her former husband has said she believes the killer was "psychotic and deranged".
Cristobal Palacio, 46, was found guilty of the second degree murder of Paul Winter, 42, originally from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in October 2008.
Mr Winter died in front of his wife Jennifer and her twins at Palacio's home in Kendall, Miami, Florida.
Jennifer Winter said after the verdict: "I'm happy but I'm numb."
She said: "I thought I would have this sense of relief, or justice, or something but I'm numb."
Palacio, who denied first degree murder, was convicted on the lesser charge on Friday.
He was also convicted of two counts of child abuse, because his children with Mrs Winter witnessed the shooting.
He will be sentenced at a later date. Under Florida law, second degree murder carries a sentence of a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of a life sentence without parole.
"I think he's psychotic and deranged and exactly where he needs to be," Mrs Winter said.
Mr Winter, a graphic designer, was shot six times by Palacio, twice in the back.
At the time of the shooting, a settlement agreement was being finalised between Palacio and Mrs Winter.
She said she gave her husband CPR in an effort to save his life after the shooting outside Palacio's home.
"I got him to breathe a little bit," she said. "I saw several tears roll out of his right eye. He knew he was dead."
Mrs Winter said the couple had planned to spend the rest of their lives together.
"I adored him, I loved him. I still love him.
"Watching him die was almost catastrophic to me."
She said at first she wanted the death penalty for Palacio.
"Mostly for what he did to Paul, but also for what he put my kids through.
"But he'll die in prison and that's fine. I don't think it would be healthy for my children if he was executed.
"My kids are all that matter to me now."