(As originally published, Wed, July 6th 2022, 10:41 AM EDT)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — In the living room, a man “laying on his back with severe blunt force trauma to his face.”
In the back bedroom, a woman “positioned on the bed nude on her knees with severe blunt force trauma on her torso, arms and face.” She also had a laceration on her back.
That’s what Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies found at a home on Cherry Road, north of Belvedere, not far from Military Trail, Saturday night.
According to the arrest report, the deputies got there at about 8:40 p.m. for an armed domestic dispute. “Upon their arrival at the scene, the suspect, identified as Guillermo Silva, 57, was being held down by the [surviving victim]. Deputies detained Silva and conducted a sweep of the residence where [the two other victims] were located” and pronounced dead.
The detective who wrote the report said the manner of death was “an apparent homicide. Silva was transported to [the hospital] where he was treated for minor injuries received from an altercation with [the surviving victim] before deputies arrived at the scene.”
That surviving victim, who had driven up from Lake Worth, had some sort of relationship with the dead man and woman.
The arrest report said he told detectives he was bringing “money to assist them with their bills while [apparently the surviving victim’s wife] was out of the country. When he arrived at the residence, he attempted to call his [relationship blacked out] by phone but was unsuccessful. [The surviving victim] then honked his vehicle horn and Silva exited the residence. [The surviving victim] asked Silva if his [relationships blacked out] were inside, which Silva advised they were, and directed him to enter the residence through the side door.”
That’s when the violence started up again.
“As [the surviving victim] entered the residence,” the arrest report said, “Silva approached from behind and held a knife to [the surviving victim’s] neck, and threatened, ‘I’m going to f___ing kill you!’ Once [the surviving victim] felt the blade of the knife to his neck, he was able to overpower Silva and push the knife away. [The surviving victim] then disarmed Silva and brought him to the floor and held him down. As [the surviving victim] held Silva down, Silva made several spontaneous utterances stating, ‘Please forgive me They’re not there I killed them They’re dead,’ and also pleaded, ‘Kill me!’ to [the surviving victim]. [The surviving victim] called another family member [who became the witness] to respond to the residence to help him before calling 911. Deputies arrived several minutes later and detained Silva. [The surviving victim] described the knife to be a large kitchen knife with a black handle.”
There was actually another person in the home at the time: a little boy. He seems to be the surviving victim’s son.
According to the arrest report, “[The surviving victim] advised Silva had been married to [blacked out] for approximately one year and resided at [blacked out] with her, her children, and her parents. However, [apparently the surviving victim’s wife] was out of the country with all of her children, except one, who was left in the care of Silva. [The surviving victim] advised he did not observe either [the dead man or the dead woman] within the residence.”
The detective wrote the witness, who is also a relative, “received a phone call from [the surviving victim] pleading for him to respond to the residence to help him. [The witness] responded immediately and upon his arrival, observed deputies detaining Silva. [The witness] entered the residence to retrieve the child from inside. While searching for the child, [the witness] entered the back bedroom, which he confirmed to be Silva’s, and observed [the woman] deceased on the bed. [The witness] advised [the woman] was positioned slumped over on her hands and knees on top of the bed in the nude. [The witness] then located the child and exited the residence with him. [The witness] advised he did not observe [the dead man] within the residence.”
Silva was taken from the hospital to the PBSO District 16 substation in Greenacres “where detectives interviewed him, which a Spanish-speaking detective provided translation due to Silva speaking solely Spanish.”
The arrest report has what detectives said he told them.
“During a post-Miranda interview, Silva confirmed nobody was in the residence on July 2, 2022, other than [the dead man and woman] victims, [apparently the little boy], and himself. Silva advised he was drinking alcohol earlier in the day, which led to a verbal argument with [the man and the woman] before he went to sleep. Silva was woken up by [the surviving victim] in the evening who was attempting to contact [the man and woman]. Silva stated he could not remember what started the altercation but was attacked by [the surviving victim] and was detained by deputies shortly after. Silva advised he believed he had a knife during the altercation because he was afraid [the surviving victim] was going to harm him but could not advise why. Silva also confirmed [the surviving victim] did not have a knife when he entered the residence. Silva stated he did not recall killing [the man or the woman], nor did he recall threatening to kill [the surviving victim] with a knife. However, Silva advised he did recall [the dead woman] being naked in his bedroom at some point in the evening but could not recall the circumstances.”
Guillermo Silva is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He was booked at 5:15 a.m. Sunday and is being held without bail.
None of the victims were named, and the arrest report did not mention anything about detectives speaking with the little boy.