Former deputy sentenced after murdering girlfriend, claiming she killed herself

Former deputy sentenced after murdering girlfriend, claiming she killed herself

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, November 27th 2023)

DENTON, Texas (TND) — A former sheriff’s deputy in Texas will be spending the next few decades behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend.

Jay Rotter was convicted last Tuesday and sentenced to 30 years in prison, the next day.

The deadly shooting happened in the couple’s home late on Aug. 26, 2020.

According to his arrest report, Rotter called and told police his girlfriend — 46-year-old Leslie Hartman — “just shot herself” and that she was “beyond help.”

“She is done,” he said to the dispatcher.

A few weeks later, investigators had examined physical evidence, executed search warrants, and arrested Rotter, who was 10 years younger than Hartman.

Former deputy sentenced after murdering girlfriend, claiming she killed herself
Former Deputy Jay Rotter, arrested in 2020 (left), will be spending a few decades behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend, 2023. (Tarrant Co. Jail | Denton Co. Criminal District Attorney’s Office)

He was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Rotter spent 15 years with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and last served in the narcotics division.

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