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Deputies: Ralph Wald shoots, kills Walter Lee Conley caught having sex with his wife

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BRANDON, Florida -- Neighbors say they didn't hear the shots fired, or the police cruisers that followed.

"It was very quiet," says neighbor Courtney Dagou. "It's like it didn't even happen."

But what the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says did happen: 70-year-old Ralph Wald walked out of his bedroom late Sunday night at 513 Clara Drive and found his 42-year-old wife having sex with another man, 32-year-old Walter Lee Conley.

"The wife and the victim knew each other," says HCSO spokeswoman Debbie Carter. "They were prior roommates."

What reportedly happened next horrifies Wald's neighbors. Deputies say Wald walked back to the bedroom, grabbed a handgun, and fired at Conley several times, killing him instantly.

"Everyone has their own issues in their own home. Everyone argues. To take someone's life... that's another scenario," Dagou says.

After the shooting, Wald apparently called Hillsborough County dispatchers to report the alleged crime.

"Basically told them that he had just shot someone who was 'fornicating' with his wife," Carter says.

According to Carter, Wald laid down his handgun inside his home and waited for deputies to get there, even staying on the phone with dispatchers until their arrival. After being read his Miranda Rights, deputies say he confessed to the shooting. 

Wald is charged with second degree murder and is being held without bond. 

Several knocks on the door at Wald's home, which he has owned for decades, went unanswered. Records show he and his wife have been married since last Halloween.

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