In March 2003, David Lunz, a retired marine and an airplane machinist, was found fatally shot in his home in Palm Harbour, Florida, by authorities during a welfare check. The crime scene shows that a struggle had taken place between the killer(s) and David, and the victim had suffered a severe amount of head trauma before he was shot.
What Happened to David Lunz?
For two years, the case went cold until authorities recovered the murder weapon and received a vital tip from the ex-girlfriend of a man named William Westerman, who confessed to committing the murder with Christopher Lunz, David’s stepson. William was given less than 30 years in prison and pleaded guilty. On the other hand, while serving time in prison, Christopher was found guilty. He murdered a convicted child molester a day before killing himself in his cell. Also, he previously claimed that he was a serial killer of sex offenders and pedophiles. This Thursday, July 12, 2023, an upcoming episode of A Time to Kill on ID, is slated to chronicle David Lunz’s murder.
While requesting a welfare check, David Lunz’s neighbor reportedly called 911 in the evening hours of March 8, 2003, expressing concern about not having seen the retired marine for a while. The authorities found the front door open and a pile of newspapers outside when they arrived at David’s house. Inside the house, the living room was in a complete mess, with chairs overturned, stuff knocked over, and bloodstains on the carpet were there. The bloody trail led towards the hallway near the bedroom, where David was found dead in a severe amount of his own blood. The 56-year-old had been shot at close range and suffered severe head trauma.
After finding considerable cash still in the house, authorities ruled out robbery. Given the living room’s condition, they examined that a struggle between the killer(s) and David Lunz started there. Authorities learned from his supervisor that he was at work on March 6 but failed to come up during that day, while conducting interviews with David’s colleagues. This information was used to determine the time and date of the murder, considering that the victim left work around 5:30 pm on the last day. Furthermore, the medical examiner told that he was murdered sometime between then and around 10 pm.
Meanwhile, Christopher Lunz asserted that his stepfather David Lunz sexually assaulted him and that he was a killer of sex offenders and pedophiles. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and other robbery charges.