Orange County deputies investigate after 3 bodies found in shed

By Kristin Giannas, Reporter, kgiannas@clickorlando.com
Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Michelle Dendy, ClickOrlando.com Web Editor, mdendy@clickorlando.com
Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Mar 18 2014 01:43:52 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 06:45:46 PM EDT

Orange County deputies are investigating a triple homicide after three bodies were found in a shed on Tuesday afternoon.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orange County deputies are investigating a triple homicide after three bodies were found in a shed on Tuesday afternoon.

A friend of the victims didn't see them on Tuesday morning and sensed something was wrong, so he called deputies. Deputies then discovered the bodies of two men and one woman in the shed in the woods near Curry Ford Road and Excalibur Court.

The bodies have been identified as Richard Button, 65, Todd Lemme, 57, and Deborah Watson, 54, a trio lived a transient lifestyle.

Janelle Holtman said she's heard gunshots numerous times coming from the barn, including Monday night.

"I went outside and heard another two gunshots, I think there were four or five gunshots total," Holtman said.

Holtman told Local 6 that the people who lived there argued a lot and neighbors would often hear it.

"There's always lots of cursing and screaming and yelling. They've been fighting a lot, fighting a lot over the woman."

Deputies said there are two men who are persons of interest -- David Emmons, 60, and Leonard Lewis, 47 (pictured in order below).

Deputies said they came to the area Monday night after receiving two 911 calls reporting shots fired, but they didn't find the victims.

A woman told Local 6 that deputies searched the grassy area behind her home around 10:30 p.m. She said one deputy questioned her, while another searched with his flashlight for three to four minutes.

Colleen Fitzgerald is one of several who placed flowers outside the barn on Wednesday. She claims to have known Richard Button for years, and is devastated to hear he was murdered.

"He never asked anybody for anything, and whatever you gave him, he appreciated, you know, he was just so kind-hearted," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald plans to organize a vigil for the victims.

Anyone with any information on the trio's death or the location of Emmons and Lewis is asked to call Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Check back for more on this story.

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