Detective arrest wife for murder in Crystal River case

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives on Monday night arrested 50-year-old Victrina Marie Crites-Worley for the murder of her husband, 77-year-old Lawrence Howard Worley, Sr.

On March 30, deputies responded to a residence in Crystal River for a well-being check, where Crites-Worley was located inside the residence, and the lifeless body of her husband was discovered on the property.


Crites-Worley was transported to a local hospital from the scene for treatment of her injuries. While she was hospitalized, detectives continued their investigation into this gruesome murder, with her as a person of interest.

Upon Crites-Worley’s release Monday evening, she was questioned and was subsequently arrested for first-degree murder of her husband.

“It’s thanks to the perseverance of our Major Crimes detectives and Forensics Unit that we are able to piece together a crime scene and find the truth,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

“From the very beginning, the story and evidence at the scene just didn’t add up. It wasn’t long before CCSO detectives were able to take Crites-Worley into custody for the murder of her own husband.”

*****ORIGINAL RELEASE***** Yesterday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the area of N. Andri Dr. in Crystal River in reference to a well-being check.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with an injured 50-year-old female inside the home. The female was eventually transported from the residence to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

While continuing with the security check of the home, deputies also located a 77-year-old deceased male on the property. The male was later identified as Lawrence Howard Worley, Sr.

Our office is currently investigating his death as a homicide. At this time, the 50-year-old female found inside the home is a person of interest.
Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed that this incident is domestic in nature and there is no present threat to the public.
The investigation into this incident remains active and no additional details are available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at 352-726-1121, or to remain anonymous please call Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

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