Man convicted of shooting, killing girlfriend in 2009

Collier County Sheriff's Office investigate a murder-suicide on Holland Street in Naples Manor on Saturday evening. A CCSO SWAT team surrounded a the home after a call came in around 3:30 Saturday afternoon of shots fired. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Collier County Sheriff's Office investigate a murder-suicide on Holland Street in Naples Manor on Saturday evening. A CCSO SWAT team surrounded a the home after a call came in around 3:30 Saturday afternoon of shots fired. Lexey Swall/Staff

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A jury convicted a Naples Manor man Wednesday of shooting and killing his one-time girlfriend in a December 2009 murder-attempted suicide.

Kevin Risner, 46, faces life in prison following his second-degree murder conviction in the death of Laura Vroman, 43. A Collier County jury returned the guilty finding on the third day of his trial.

Investigators said Risner shot Vroman — his roommate and on-again-off-again girlfriend — before turning the gun on himself. Dr. Manfred Borges, who performed the autopsy, testified Wednesday that Vroman was shot twice in the back and once in the abdomen.

Risner survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was found incompetent to proceed in July 2010. By January 2012, Risner had been transferred from a state hospital to the Naples Jail Center and found competent to proceed.

In the days after the shooting, Vroman’s mother, Linda Angel, told the Daily News the pair met while Risner responded to an ad for a room for rent. Risner and Vroman lived together at a Holland Street home for a few months before the shooting, dating part of the time, Angel said.

Angel described Risner as “pushed off the deep end” by Vroman. She said Vroman regularly accused Risner of infidelity.

“He seemed like a very nice gentleman; very happy-go-lucky,” Angel said of Risner. “He lost a lot of that when he started going with my daughter. She’s a very tough person to live with.”

Risner had no prior criminal history in Collier County, although local sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call between Risner and Vroman before the shooting.

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