Crime

'Snapped' television show airs Sunday recounting 2007 Bozarth murder in Key Largo

Denise Bozarth
Denise Bozarth

The 2007 murder of Edward Bozarth by his wife Denise inside their live-aboard sailboat docked at a Key Largo marina is recounted on a television show debuting Sunday night.

Snapped airs at 9 p.m. on Sundays on the cable network Oxygen. The Bozarth episode features interviews with journalists David Goodhue (editor of The Reporter), Robert Silk, (then-staff writer for The Free Press), then-Assistant State Attorney Thereasa Hunnewell, Assistant State Attorney Demetrios Efstratiou and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Mark Coleman.  

Denise Bozarth, 42, was sentenced to 14 years in prison last April after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. She confessed to bludgeoning to death Edward Bozarth, who was 62, and stuffing his plastic-wrapped corpse in the engine room of his sailboat, the Screw U 2. Edward Bozarth’s body was found rotting, likely weeks later, on a hot July night by friend and then-Key Largo firefighter Chris Fleming who was checking in on him at Gilbert’s Resort and Marina.

Although police suspected Denise was the killer from the beginning, it took Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and state investigators nearly five years to gather enough evidence to arrest her for the crime. In the meantime, theories abounded as to who killed Ed Bozarth – several of them fanciful tales related to South Florida’s “cocaine cowboy” days.

Denise Bozarth was arrested on March 21, 2012, in DeFuniak Springs.

Her friends told detectives that Denise had talked about killing her husband before, and she reportedly try to hire a former boyfriend to do the deed. Detectives say Denise expected to come into $650,000 that her husband had inherited from his mother shortly before he was killed.

The state’s case against Denise Bozarth hit a roadblock in January 2014 because Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia ruled her confession to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detective and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent was inadmissible. After reviewing transcripts of the confession, it turned out Bozarth asked several times to speak to a lawyer before admitting to killing her husband.

The deputy and FDLE agent were obligated to stop the interview the first moment she brought up speaking to an attorney.

Monroe County State Attorney’s Office prosecutors declined to comment at the time whether the confession getting tossed factored into Denise Bozarth’s plea deal. 

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