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Husband, 70, shoots man "fornicating" with wife

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Neighbors like David Julue can't believe what they're hearing. A married woman had sex with her lover at her Brandon home, while her husband slept in another room,

"It's unbelievable! I'm not saying what she did was right, but why do it in the house?"

Hillsborough sheriff's spokesperson Debbie Carter says late Sunday night, 72-year-old Ralph Wald shot and killed his wife's secret lover after he caught the two having sex under his own roof.

"He had gotten up about 11:50 to get a drink of water, walked into the living room area, where he saw his wife having sex with this individual. He then went back to the bedroom, retrieved a gun and fired multiple shots, striking and killing the individual that was with his wife," said Carter.

Walter Copley, 32, died in the couple's living room.

Detectives say Wald's 42-year-old wife and the dead victim were once roommates, but Wald had never met him until their deadly encounter.

Some neighbors, like Courtney Daguo, noticed police at the home but never suspected a potentially deadly love triangle.

"That's disrespectful, but that still doesn't give him the right to shoot him; that's crazy," said Daguo.

Deputies say Wald called 911 after the shooting and told dispatchers he had just shot a man he saw "fornicating" with his wife. After his arrest, he confessed to the shooting.

He now sits in jail facing a second-degree murder charge, but attorney Jeff Brown believes a jury might go easy on him.

"Pick the right people that say this guy wouldn't have done something like this but for these extraordinary circumstances," Brown said, " where he literally finds his wife on the couch having sex with another man. And maybe that's the type of scenario that comes along so infrequently, we call that the perfect storm where you might just give this guy a pardon."

Editor's note: Deputies initially supplied an incorrect last name for the victim. This version has been updated with the corrected name.

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