A Marco Island man whose wife was found dead in their swimming pool in June had threatened to drown her on numerous occasions in the past, authorities said.
David Diamond, 58, was arrested Monday night on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his 51-year-old wife, Judith, who was found floating face down in the couple’s swimming pool at 730 Tigertail Court on June 3.
Judith Diamond had confided to friends and family members that she had endured ongoing mental, verbal and physical abuse from her husband, an arrest report said.
She told them that on several occasions David Diamond would kick her in the stomach while she was swimming, submerge her head and then comment on how easy it would be to kill her without anyone knowing, Marco Island police reported.
David Diamond also threatened to cut his wife into pieces and dispose of her body while he disappeared with their 16-year-old son, the arrest report said.
Police initially investigated Judith Diamond’s death as a drowning. Alcohol was listed as a possible factor in her death because three bottles of alcohol and wine were seized from the home and taken into evidence.
Officers who responded to the scene found Judith Diamond floating in the pool around 9:15 p.m. on June 3. She was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. while traveling to the hospital.
Authorities said David Diamond made no attempt to remove his wife from the pool or administer aid. David Diamond, who was completely dry, told police he wasn’t strong enough to remove her from the pool, an arrest report said.
David Diamond was arrested at the hospital for violating a restraining order, authorities said in June. He has been held in the Collier County jail since his arrest.
David Diamond was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder at 6:53 p.m. Monday after the Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the manner of his wife’s death was homicide, city spokeswoman Lisa Douglass said.
Attempts to reach Marco Island police for comment on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
After his wife was found in the pool, a detective observed fresh cuts and abrasions to David Diamond’s left hand, an arrest report said. Judith Diamond also had unexplained injuries, including internal injuries, which were observed and discovered by the medical examiner.
The medical examiner determined that Judith Diamond sustained internal injuries from blunt force trauma not consistent with a fall, the arrest report said. David Diamond also gave conflicting accounts to the on-scene officers, paramedics and family members about the events of the day leading to his discovering his wife in the pool.
A “For Rent” sign is now placed in the front yard of the house at 730 Tigertail Court. According to the Collier County Property Appraiser, the house is owned by David Everson.
A man who answered the phone number listed on the “For Rent” sign declined to give his name, but said he had been renting the home to the Diamonds for about three years.
“I advertised it and he called here in response to that ad,” he said. “Up until this incident everything seemed to be going well.”
But David Carver, who moved in across the street from the Diamonds in March, said David Diamond was in financial ruins and was not paying his bills. Carver described David Diamond, who was in the construction business, as a “shyster” who “swindled a lot of people.”
Carver said he even worked for David Diamond for a couple weeks in May until he started to get a bad feeling about Diamond’s business practices. At one point Diamond paid him with a bad check, Carver said.
“I had a good impression when I first met him,” Carver said. “Weeks after that, the people I met that he had jobs with were looking for him.”
Court records paint a picture of a man with money troubles. David Diamond filed for bankruptcy in 2002 and records in Pennsylvania show that two homes were foreclosed there.
Diamond also has had a number of civil cases in Collier County regarding contractual issues, including a contract indebtedness case filed at the end of June by Everson.
In the few months that Carver knew Diamond, he said Diamond opened up to him about troubles he was having with his wife. Diamond told Carver that his wife was an alcoholic, and that they had been separated for a while.
“He told me he yelled a lot at her and that’s the reason he had high blood pressure,” Carver said. “He would let the story out and put the blame on his wife that she would make him irritable.”
Still, Diamond never came across as an especially violent or dangerous person, Carver said.
When Carver inquired about renting the dock behind the Diamonds’ home, Diamond expressed concern about his privacy, Carver said. Diamond told Carver that he and his wife sometimes swam in their outdoor pool nude at night.
“The pool was a crucial thing in a lot of talks,” Carver said.
In the year and a half before she was found dead, witnesses told investigators that Judith Diamond had suffered a broken nose, broken ankle, black eyes, an injury to her finger and severe bruising from abuse by her husband.
David Diamond was arrested on a charge of domestic battery in March. Witnesses told police that he had become aware that his wife was completing a written statement related to his March arrest in which she was depicting the physical abuse she had suffered, an arrest report said.
David Diamond was upset about the statement, witnesses told police, and he asked her to change her statement and wanted her to drop the charges because he had a court date scheduled for June 13, according to the arrest report.
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Staff writers Liam Dillon and Aisling Swift contributed to this report.