COLLIER COUNTY — Brought together by work, talks about religion and shared stories of their dissolving marriages, Christine Moretz and Christopher Serna began an intimate relationship early this year.
By July, their connection would become a strange link between two notorious Collier County homicide cases, one that left Christine Moretz dead and another that landed Serna in jail, accused of mutilating another woman inside his home.
New documents obtained from the State Attorney’s Office Thursday describe the relationship between Serna and Moretz, and shed light on her July 5 shooting death at Physicians Regional – Pine Ridge hospital.
Investigators said Jeffery Moretz, 54, shot and killed his estranged wife Christine, 53, at the hospital while she was visiting a coworker, Michael Camuglia, who was a patient there. Jeffery Moretz then turned the gun on himself, shooting his chin in a failed suicide attempt.
“She knew it was going to happen. She always said it,” Serna told investigators a week after the killing. “She knew that she was going to die by his hand.”
Three weeks to the day of the shooting, Serna, 34, was arrested in the death of Suzanne Bishop, 45, whose decapitated body was found in his North Naples apartment.
The cases are “totally unrelated,” according to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office report, and the new documents contain no information related to Bishop’s July 26 death.
Both Serna and Jeffery Moretz remain in the Collier jail on second-degree murder charges.
One week after Christine Moretz was killed, detectives interviewed Serna about the shooting. He was cooperative and forthcoming with investigators during the July 12 interview.
Serna and Christine Moretz were coworkers at Cap Ferrat, a Pelican Bay condo building where he did maintenance and she worked at the front desk.
Serna met Moretz when she began working at Cap Ferrat in 2010, and early this year their relationship evolved.
“We did share a lot of things with each other,” Serna said.
The pair began a sexual relationship at the beginning of the year, he added – about four months before Christine Moretz moved out of the Golden Gate Estates home she shared with her husband.
Serna described their relationship as a casual affair.
She repeatedly shared with Serna her concerns about her estranged husband.
“I get the feeling that (Jeffery Moretz) thought that she was leaving him for me,” Serna said. “You know, she wasn’t leaving him. We weren’t running around town holding hands, I mean, you know, planning a future together. ... We weren’t in a relationship to where, you know, we were constantly hanging out and going out or things like that.”
Serna said Jeffery Moretz learned of his wife’s contact with him through call records and text messages on her phone. Jeffery Moretz confronted Serna once over the phone, asking if he was having an affair with Christine Moretz.
Serna said he was not, and Jeffery Moretz insinuated to him that “bad things are going to happen” if he found out otherwise. Serna told investigators he believed Jeffery Moretz might have mistaken Camuglia for him at the hospital.
Sandra Shock, general manager of Cap Ferrat, also told investigators that Jeffery Moretz called her once as well to make a request.
“He wanted me to fire Christine to stop the relationship (with Serna) so he could have his wife back,” Shock said.
Serna told investigators that several weeks before her death, Christine Moretz no longer wanted to see him because she was afraid her husband would find out.
While Jeffery Moretz might have known about Serna, relatives weren’t aware of him.
“I did not know anything about (Serna), nor did my husband, until well after my mother-in-law was gone,” said Kim Moretz, who spoke regularly with her mother- and father-in-law. “If he was significant to her, we didn’t know anything about it.”
The Moretzes’ relationship was volatile at times. Christine Moretz’s coworkers and family described Jeffery Moretz as a controlling spouse, with whom she had difficulties.
“I think that’s what bothered him as much as anything else — he didn’t have control over her anymore,” Kim Moretz said.
However, two years ago Christine Moretz wrote a letter to a Collier judge in response to a no-contact order between the family and her husband in the wake of a fight between Jeffery Moretz and the couple’s adult son, Chad. Jeffery Moretz was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“I am in no way afraid of him,” she wrote on Sept. 10, 2009. “Never have been. I trust him completely. He has never threatened me.”
The charge was later dropped when the family refused to cooperate with the prosecution.
Records show Christine Moretz had made changes in her life this year. She moved out of the Golden Gate Estates home she shared with her husband and into a Bonita Springs condominium in April. She started taking classes at Edison State College.
Nevertheless, Christine Moretz still feared her husband, Serna told investigators.
“She knew that he was going to come for her.”