SEMINOLE — The neighborhood knew the couple were having problems. The older men counseled the young husband about his temper. The women told the young wife to get out and never look back. She'd leave, they said, but she always came back.
Jennifer Nicole Williams may have tried to leave her husband again early Tuesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, but she never made it.
Husband Aaron Phillip Williams shot his wife once in the head outside their home, deputies said, then went inside and shot himself. Both died.
"I wish she hadn't come back this time," said neighbor Michelle Koonz, 45.
The 38-year-old husband was found on a bed inside the home, a small-caliber gun next to his body. His 30-year-old wife was found on the driveway, between the front porch and a red car.
She had some unspecified personal effects with her that could suggest she was trying to get away. Husband and wife were also unclothed, deputies said.
"We don't know what happened in that home that led up to the discovery of her body in the driveway," said sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha. "But from appearances only, it appears she may have been trying to leave the home."
They were married on March 8, 2007, according to Pinellas County records. Deputies said the couple had no children.
The murder-suicide was discovered when a next-door neighbor saw the wife's body at 7:40 a.m. outside their home at 10935 105th Ave. N. Detectives think she was killed hours earlier.
A next-door neighbor reported hearing a "popping" sound, like fireworks, about 1 a.m. He went outside but didn't see anything.
But when the neighbor went outside later that morning to water his plants, he discovered the woman's body and called 911.
Neighbors said the wife had moved out several times, but returned each time.
Deputies have only been to the house twice, Pasha said. The first time was on May 6, when a tip led deputies to discover that marijuana was being grown inside the couple's house.
The couple handed over some growing implements and drug paraphernalia. Deputies did not arrest the couple because of their cooperation but referred the case to prosecutors. Records show they were not charged.
Deputies were also called to the house on Aug. 4, Pasha said, when the wife asked for help getting some of her things. She had moved out again, deputies said, but was already gone by the time they arrived. The husband told deputies that he and his wife were at odds because he was never home because he had two jobs. Neighbors said they also heard the couple argue about home renovations.
The husband was a service technician for Bright House Networks for 11 years and also had his own flat-screen TV installation business. Records show he served a year of probation for domestic battery in 1998.
The wife worked at a local dental office, neighbors said. After moving out this month, she moved back in last week.
Neighbors said the couple moved in just a few years ago, living in a home the bride's parents bought as a wedding present. Family members could not be reached for comment.
"She was a young, sweet gal, she had a lot ahead of her," said Koonz. "I just wish she had left him for good and not come back. She wasn't willing to give up on him. She loved him and she thought he would change."
Times staff writer Andy Boyle and researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Jamal Thalji can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8472.