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LCSO: Man linked to missing woman admits to murder

Posted at 7:16 AM, Feb 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-24 05:59:52-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — UPDATE 2:00 p.m.:
Lee County Sheriff's Office gave an update on the LaPierre murder investigation and subsequent arrest of James Lally.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced the arrest of Lally for second-degree murder.

Lally was reported found in Jacksonville, Florida, and taken into custody.

Lee County Detectives were then immediately sent to Jacksonville to gather more details of the crime. As Detectives were gathering more information, they were led to a heavily wooded area off Dusty Road in Ft. Myers where the remains of Suzanne LaPierre were reportedly found.

The investigation revealed that Lally's girlfriend, Suzanne LaPierre, was in fact beaten to death with a hammer before Lally escaped Lee County.

A helicopter was reportedly sent to pick up Lally; he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

UPDATE: 10:21 a.m.
James Lally has been charged with murder in a Lee County courtroom.

In court prosecutors said, Lally admitted to murdering a woman with a hammer. He told investigators he did it because she was leaving him.

He admitted to dragging and burying her body.

Lally is linked to the disappearance of his girlfriend Suzanne LaPierre.

Her name was never mentioned in court on Wednesday morning.

Lally is scheduled to be back in court on March 28, 2022.

The man connected with the disappearance of a Fort Myers woman more than a week ago is in the Lee County Jail and faces a murder charge, according to jail officials.

James Lally was arrested Tuesday in Duval County and was extradited to Lee County overnight.

It has not been made clear if the murder charge is connected to the Suzanne LaPierre investigation. LaPierre has not been seen or heard from in five days.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is planning a media update on Lally's arrest at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

This is a developing story; look for updates on this page on on Fox 4 News throughout the day.