Police investigate death at home of couple accused of sexual battery

CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are currently investigating a death at the Cutler Bay home of a husband and wife who were accused of sexually battering the woman’s teenage sister.

Police responded to the scene at 8531 SW 185th Terrace, where a man was found dead.

According to police, 50-year-old Dale Leary and his ex-wife, Claudia Leary, had what appears to be a suicide-pact.

“At approximately 7 in the morning, we received a 911 call, and once our officers responded to the scene, they found two people inside a vehicle,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Argemis Colome. “Miami-Dade Fire Rescue determined that one male had been deceased on scene, and the female was transported to Jackson hospital.”

A hose was found near the car, which police believe, was connected to the car’s exhaust pipe in order to pump carbon monoxide into the car. Leary died at the scene while his ex-wife was transported to the hospital in an unknown condition.

Police also said they found suicide notes on the scene.

This comes after Leary and his new wife, 21-year-old Marta San Jose, were recently under police scrutiny for allegedly sexually battering San Jose’s 14-year-old sister.

Leary was out on bond awaiting trial, while San Jose remains in jail. Claudia Leary was not charged in the matter.

“Everybody in the investigation is going to be questioned,” Colome said. “Obviously, she was at the hospital. She needed to get the proper care.”

Claudia Leary worked for the Miami-Dade County School District for 23 years in a position where she did not work with children.

Neighbors were understandably shocked at what transpired in the home. “You never know who lives next to you, but passion I guess, crime of passion,” said neighbor Paula Ospina. “You don’t know until you live in that situation. I can’t speak for anyone.”

Police continue to investigate to find out exactly what happened.

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