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UPDATED: Woman Dies During Sex; Boyfriend Dumps Body Behind Mellow Mushroom

Asphyxiation turns your girlfriend on. So one day, during a particularly intense session, you wrap a hand around her throat and press hard.

She passes out, which isn't so rare. But you're angry because her bluish skin has interrupted the mood. You slam out of the apartment. An hour later, you come home to find her dead. What do you do?

David Muringer, 40, a  short guy with tattoos of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote on his shoulder, told police he freaked out. The Lake Worth felon just got out of prison in December 2009 for organized fraud and cocaine possession, Florida Department of Corrections records

show. He didn't want to go back to jail.

UPDATE: There was a "large amount" of drugs in his apartment, according to the probable-cause affidavit, so calling the police wasn't a good idea. Muringer kept his lover's body in his bed for two days while he tried to come up with a plan.

Eventually, he crammed the body into a cardboard barrel, sealed it with duct tape, and rolled it out to her car. Then he drove around for four hours, police say.

Finally, he ended up in a parking lot behind Mellow Mushroom, the pizza joint in Delray Beach. He left the car, with the body of Doris Lopez, 48, of West Palm Beach inside, and took the bus home.

Later, a customer was waiting in the lot for her pizza when the horrific stench caught her attention, according to the Palm Beach Post. She saw hundreds of flies swarming around the car and a strange container inside stained with red.

She called 911 last October, but it took three more months for the Delray police to arrest Muringer. They charged him with manslaughter and the unlawful disposal of human remains. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail yesterday.


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Lisa Rab
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