Police: Man killed adoptive mother, used stolen car, credit cards

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office booking photo of Darryl Scott

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Police in Gainesville have arrested a man they said killed his adoptive mother earlier this month, then stole her credit cards and car.

Darryl Scott, 40, is charged with murder and grand theft auto in the death of 63-year-old Roxie Scott-Kotb.

On Jan. 13, police began investigating the suspicious death of Scott-Kotb at Bivens Cove Apartments at 3301 S.W. 13th St. Police said her last known activity was on Jan. 4.

An autopsy revealed she died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the head. Police also found out her 2007 black Mercury Milan was missing, as well as her purse containing credit cards and identification.

After contacting other family members, police were led to believe that Scott was responsible for the theft of the vehicle and possibly the death of Scott-Kotb.

Her stolen vehicle was found and stopped by police just after midnight Jan. 14. The occupants at the time told police Scott allowed them to use the vehicle in exchange for crack cocaine.

Police said they went to Scott's place of employment, Gator City Motors, that same day and learned that he took a vehicle from the dealership without permission. Police said they learned Scott was using his adoptive mother's credit cards, and numerous transactions showed that he had fled the Gainesville area and traveled to New York.

On Sunday, the stolen vehicle Scott was driving was spotted in Orange County. It was stopped and Scott was arrested without incident.

Gainesville police traveled to Orange County to interview Scott. He will be extradited to the Alachua County jail, where he will be booked on the murder and grand theft auto charges.

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