Page last updated at 14:20 GMT, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 15:20 UK

Briton 'killed in front of wife'

Paul Winter
Mr Winter is said to have married Ms Palacio in 2007 (photo by Splash News)

Police in Florida are investigating the death of a Kent man who was allegedly shot dead by his wife's former husband.

Paul Winter, 42, originally from Tunbridge Wells, was shot in front of his wife Jennifer Winter and her seven-year-old twins in Miami on Friday.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said Mr Winter died in hospital after being shot "numerous times" at about 1840 local time.

Cristobal Palacio, 43, was later arrested and charged with murder.

'Shot numerous times'

A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department said: "Officers responded to the report of a shooting at approximately 6.40pm on Friday, October 16, 2008.

"The male victim was airlifted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he died."

He added: "According to homicide investigators, the victim drove his wife and the wife's children to the subject's residence where they were going to drop the children off for the week.

"While outside the residence, the victim, his wife, and the subject were involved in a verbal dispute."

He said Mr Winter was then shot "numerous times" with a handgun and Mr Palacio was later charged with first degree murder.

Internet gaming

Mr Winter is believed to have met his wife on an internet gaming website in November 2006.

She is said to have divorced Mr Palacio about two years ago and married Mr Winter in 2007.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Florida and we are providing consular assistance to the next of kin.

"Police are investigating the death."


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