MMA fighter Phillip Keller was arrested on Thursday after his 35-year-old fiancé was found shot to death in their Merritt Island, Florida apartment. He has since admitted to the murder.
Keller, 39, was booked in the Brevard County Jail Complex following his arrest. He has a professional MMA record of 2-6, and he mostly competed for Titan FC between August 2019 and September 2020. He has now allegedly admitted to killing his fiancé.
He was arrested after authorities spotted him jumping into a nearby creek on Merritt Island. Keller was quickly taken into custody. Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at around 11:13 AM on May 15th. His fiancé was not conscious or breathing when police arrived.
His fiancé was Alicia “Red” Campitelli, a popular body piercer at DaVinci Tattoo and Piercing in Merritt Island. People who knew her flooded social media to mourn her tragic passing.
When deputies arrived at their home, they focused on Keller after noticing that he had injuries, one of which appeared to be a gunshot wound. It is unclear if the firearm responsible for this killing was recovered.
One resident told investigators that he heard what sounded like gunshots at around 1 AM. Agents then searched surveillance video that showed Keller making financial transactions using Campitelli’s account information after the shooting took place. He then called 911 hours later. Keller allegedly made multiple withdrawals totaling hundreds of dollars using Campitelli’s debit card after she died.
It is also reported that he confessed to the killing in a recorded phone call with an acquaintance.
“I killed her, bro. I killed her high as f*ck. I did it. I don’t know how I did it, but I can’t live with myself knowing that.”
It was alleged that he was high on MDMA at the time of the murder, the drug found in ecstasy, sometimes called molly. She was shot twice. “I did it. I’m so f*cking sorry, man,” detectives said that he told his friend in the recorded conversation. It was also said that he stashed the gun in a restricted area of the barge canal in north Merritt Island off Courtenay Parkway.
Phillip Keller is being held without bond after an appearance before Judge Benjamin Garagozlo. He was appointed a public defender to represent him. His next court date is set for June 17th.