Detectives have made contact with Lawrence Joseph MacDonald.
Although he does remain a person of interest in the death of Concetta Bedell, he is not in custody and has not been arrested at this time. The investigation is continuing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Before he was a person of interest in her death, Lawrence MacDonald told Concetta "Konnie" Bedell that if she kept her mouth shut, everything would be OK.
He punched a 2-foot by 2-foot hole in her wall and said, "This should be your head," according to court records.
He told a Collier County sheriff's deputy that suicide was cowardly and homicide was "not pretty," though it "feels pretty good."
Authorities have yet to locate MacDonald, 44, who is wanted for questioning in the death of Bedell, whom he dated for eight months beginning in November 2010. Bedell was found dead on her back porch at 115 Flame Vine Drive in North Naples around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots hours earlier.
Court records show Bedell filed a permanent injunction for protection against MacDonald last September. MacDonald was required to surrender his firearms, stay 500 feet away from Bedell and complete a certified batterers' intervention program within a year.
Those same records detail a relationship that turned violent and left Bedell afraid of the man she had once been close with.
"This is absurd," she wrote in an application for the injunction. "I am terrified of Lawrence. I just want him to leave me and my children alone."
According to court documents, Bedell initiated the injunction request after a July 8, 2011 domestic disturbance during which MacDonald made the comment about homicide to a deputy.
Around 6:30 that night, Bedell reported MacDonald was at her house, claiming it had been broken into. He later said he entered the home through the garage door.
When asked if he wanted to harm himself or others, he told a deputy, "Suicide is a cowardly, selfish act. … Now, homicide is not pretty, but when you do it, it feels pretty good," according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.
The quotation has two handwritten stars next to it inside Bedell's filing for a protective order. She told detectives she'd asked him to move out of the home a week earlier because of his short temper.
Bedell also alleged MacDonald had a problem with alcohol and cocaine and had been admitted to the psychiatric ward of a Naples hospital at least five times. She said he had access to two handguns, an assault rifle, knives, handcuffs and nunchucks.
And according to the domestic disturbance report, MacDonald had used them — Bedell told deputies her ex-boyfriend had at some point fired three bullets into her bedroom wall, lifted a rifle toward her and stuck the butt of the gun in her face.
When it came time to press charges, Bedell demurred. Even after taking a deputy to see the 2-foot by 2-foot hole MacDonald put in the wall, Bedell asked that there be no documentation of the damage.
"I did not tell you about this; you just saw it," the deputy recalled her saying.
Domestic violence is complicated because while staying in a relationship can be dangerous, leaving is too, said Jaime Crossan-Debres, outreach manager for the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in East Naples.
Although she said she couldn't comment on Bedell's case specifically, Crossan-Debres said the changing dynamics of relationships can complicate a situation. Past partners can return, re-enter a victim's life, or find out where they are living.
"(It's) about power and control. Leaving sends the abusive party into escalation," she said.
After living through domestic violence Bedell's sons will need help, she said, to distance themselves from the statistics that show children who experience such violence are vulnerable to an exponentially higher rate of having it continue throughout their lives.
In Bedell's filing for an injunction, the 44-year-old wrote that she purposely kept MacDonald away from her children.
"They did not like him. I could not have him and his knives, guns and other weapons around us," she wrote. "I hope to move on and put him and his temper behind me."
Reporter Victoria Macchi contributed to this report.