Phillip Keller, 39, of Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida, United States has been arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with first-degree premeditated murder.
At 11:13 a.m. on May 15, 2021, Keller called 911 to report that his fiancée Alicia “Red” Campitelli, 35, has dead, claiming that someone possibly broke into their apartment on Schoolhouse Street in Merritt Island. He reported that she “was not conscious and not breathing and then disconnected the 911 call,” Florida Today quoted Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey as saying.
When Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the apartment, they noticed that Keller had injuries including hat appeared to be a gunshot wound. Hours before he called 911, he was captured by surveillance video using Campitelli’s account information to make financial transactions.
Campitelli was a popular body piercer who started working at DaVinci Tattoo and Piercing in Merritt Island in 2014. She was all about her job, DaVinci Tattoo and Piercing manager Rosy Laboy told Click Orlando.
“She was very professional, very knowledgeable,” Laboy said of Campitelli. “To this day, people always ask for her. People made appointments specifically to be pierced by her.”
After Campitelli died, Keller allegedly made multiple withdrawals totaling hundreds of dollars using her debit card. He is also accused of confessing to a friend that he fatally shot his fiancée twice while he was high on the psychoactive drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy or molly.
On May 20, 2021, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted Keller near Sykes Creek on Merritt Island. He leapt into the creek but he was captured and taken into custody.
On May 21, 2021, Keller appeared before Judge Benjamin Garagozlo. Held without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Cocoa, Brevard County, he is set to appear before Judge Thomas Brown for an arraignment at the Moore Justice Center in Viera, Brevard County at 8:00 a.m. on June 17, 2021.