MMA Fighter Confesses To Shooting & Murdering His Fiancée: ‘I Killed Her, Bro’
The fiancée of professional mixed martial artist Phillip Keller was found shot and killed in her apartment last weekend and now the person she trusted the most is going away for a long time because of it.
Keller has been charged with the first-degree murder after the 29-year-old later admitted to the murder of his fiancée, which led to the premediated charge of a first-degree murder.
Deputies responded to reports of a shooting about 11:13 a.m. on May 15 in Merritt Island. The caller, 39-year-old Keller, called 911 to report that Campitelli was dead and that someone possibly broke into the Merritt Island apartment.
“(Keller) reported that Campitelli was not conscious and not breathing and then disconnected the 911 call,” Ivey said.
Deputies arrived at the home and focused on Keller after noting that he had injuries, including what appeared to be a gunshot wound, Ivey reported.
It was not immediately known if the firearm used in the shooting was recovered.
At least one resident had told investigators that he heard what sounded like gunshots hours earlier, around 1 a.m. at the complex, the sheriff stated.
Agents also searched through surveillance video that showed Keller making financial transactions using Campitelli’s account information shortly after the gunshots were heard, Ivey said. Hours later he called 911.
Keller is accused of making multiple withdrawals totaling hundreds of dollars using Campitelli’s debit card after she died, according to an arrest affidavit.
Detectives also reportedly recorded phone calls between Keller and an acquaintance of his in which he confessed to the killing, the affidavit said.
“I killed her, bro. I killed her high as (expletive). I did it. I don’t know how I did it, but I can’t live with myself knowing that,” Keller was recorded saying, detectives said.
During the reported confession to his friend, Keller described being high on MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, and shooting Campitelli twice in “cold blood.”
His fiancée, Alicia Campitelli, was a popular piercing artist in Florida. She was just 35-years-old.
“I did it. I’m so (expletive) sorry, man,” he is reported to have told his friend, detectives said.
Keller competing most recently for Titan FC and had amassed a 2-6 professional record since his debut in 2014 at MAXX FC. Since then, he competed for Fight Time, RFC, and fought three bouts for Titan FC. He has not won a fight since July of 2017.
Keller is being held without bond.