Dramatic surveillance camera footage captured the moment a Florida man stepped out of a car and walked into a sheriff’s department to confess to a 2011 murder.
Benjamin Moulton, 43, turned himself into the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday and confessed to the killing of Nicole Rose Scott, 29, a suspected prostitute who was found dead in December 2011.
He was charged after sharing details of the murder that detectives had kept private from the general public, and that only the killer could have known.
The video footage captures Moulton getting out of the rear passenger seat of a white sedan that was parked in front of the office on Wednesday at around 2.30pm.
Video footage captured the moment Florida man Benjamin Moulton confessed to the murder of Nicole Rose Scott from 2011
He then walks confidently to the front door with a red t-shirt, jeans, and a drink in his hand.
The footage then cuts to a masked Moulton talking with a deputy outside the entryway shortly afterwards.
No sound can be heard – but the body language of the two men reveals the drama of the exchange that is unfolding.
Moulton’s chest can be seen heaving sporadically, and he can also be seen to bend his knees as the gravity of his confession overcomes him.
Moulton was seen leaving the back of a white sedan outside of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Moulton walks to the doorway of the station wearing a red t-shirt, jeans, and holding a drink in hand
Moulton talked to a deputy outside of the office and confessed his crime
The cop then seems to ask Moulton a question in which he nods ‘yes’ as the officer appears to be writing something down.
During the confession, Moulton told police that he had ‘found Jehovah, and couldn’t live with the guilt anymore’.
Moulton was allegedly a client of Scott’s who was believed to be a prostitute.
Benjamin Moulton, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder since his confession
It is unclear how their paths crossed at the time and what Moulton’s motive was behind the murder.
‘We know that he had interactions with her back in 2011. We went to his home and questioned him but didn’t have evidence to put him at the crime scene,’ Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Randy Warren told Bradenton Herald.
‘We still don’t know where the crime occurred and that is part of our ongoing investigation. But we do know that he was with her in a vehicle and then drove her to the location.’
Moulton has since been charged with first-degree murder since his confession.
He is being held in jail, and refused to appear in person for his first court hearing Thursday, where a judge ordered him held without bond.
On December 11, 2011, Scott’s body was found by a male motorcyclist around the University Parkway in the Lakewood Ranch wooden area, near The Concession Golf Club.
He was going in the woods to urinate when he spotted Scott’s body lying in a ditch.
She was found with her pants around her right ankle and her shirt wrapped around her neck.
Her purse, bra and shoes were about three feet away from her with a folding knife two feet from her body.
Her face showed visible signs that she had endured a violent death.
Twenty-nine-year-old Nicole Scott (pictured) was found partially dressed and dead by a motorcyclist in a wooded area on December 11, 2011
Authorities had said that she died at least two days before she was found.
An autopsy later revealed she was strangled, but police did not immediately release the information in hopes the killer wouldn’t get alerted.
At the time that Scott’s body was found, police conducted an investigation and followed tips that led them to Moulton.
He denied having any involvement in the murder and due to lack of evidence, he was never charged.
Scott’s body was found partially dressed by a motorcyclist around University Parkway in the Lakewood Ranch wooded area, near The Concession Golf Club
Moulton has several offenses for missing traffic lights, driving under the influence, marijuana possession, trespassing, burglary, and resisting arrest.
In 2012, a year after Scott’s murder, he was charged with aggravated battery to a pregnant woman and sexual assault with a weapon.
Scott also had a long record that included multiple drug possession charges, prowling, robbery, fraud, larceny, prostitution, and vehicle theft, according to YourObserver.com.
She was not employed at the time of her death.
‘We can’t say for sure about her troubled past being related to her death, but certainly, that’s possible,’ one of the investigators told the outlet in 2011.