A former staffer for President Trump’s campaign has been murdered, shot 13 times as he slept in his bed in his Florida home. The victim, Nick Corvino, 30, who was a campaign worker for several prominent Republicans, had been shot in the back, the head and his legs. A suspect is in custody. Scott Waddell, 45, was immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
In addition to serving on the Trump campaign, Corvino was a staffer for Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and had done campaign work for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi said she was “heartbroken” to hear about Corvino’s murder, calling him a “great young man.”
Waddell was the roommate of the deceased and may himself have been the victim of the reckless over-prescription of medications or unpredictable effects of the mixing of medications. When deputies responded to an alarm with a knock on the door of their residence at around 11am Tuesday, they were met by Waddell, who had blood on his hands and feet.
They immediately detained him and then discovered Corvino’s body lying on a bed in a back bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. Corvino was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several cameras inside the apartment captured some of what preceded the shooting. Shortly after 11am, the video shows Waddell getting out of bed and reaching for the nightstand. Deputies believe the sound of the gunshots activated other cameras and the alarms, which summoned them to the scene. Waddell can be seen moving Corvino’s body next to the bed where he sat staring at it for several minutes. The actual shooting was not captured on video.
He was transported to the Sheriff’s office where he was described as “very cooperative and eager to talk” by deputies. He told them that he and Corvino had been hanging out, drinking beer and watching TV the night before. Waddell confided to the deputies that he was “mentally disabled” and taking multiple medications and that he had taken them before he went to bed. He told them he woke up “scared and being in Nicholas’ room where he saw Nicholas covered in blood with a gun lying next to him.”
Waddell told deputies he owns two guns, one shotgun that he kept on a wall and a 9mm handgun that he kept bedside. He said he had no recollection of shooting Corvino and was surprised to be talking to them. He reportedly repeatedly asked during the interview whether or not Corvino was dead.
He admitted to having had homicidal thoughts about killing young men but that he had never carried them out. He’s been taking the same medications for more than a year and told authorities that he thought they were working, despite his homicidal thoughts. The specific medications were not listed in the report. Waddell stated that he and Corvino were “best friends for ten years.”
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