Friday, February 10, 2006

2 charged in 'Curious George' slaying

Two South Florida men have surrendered and confessed to killing Alan Shalleck, who collaborated on bringing the beloved children's story of the mischievous monkey "Curious George" to television, police said Thursday.

Rex Spears Ditto, 29, of Pembroke Pines, and Vincent J. Puglisi, 54, of Oakland Park, voluntarily surrendered late Wednesday at the Boynton Beach Police Department.

They were arrested on charges of first-degree murder, armed home invasion, aggravated battery and dealing in stolen property, police said.

"They came in ... and confessed to robbing and murdering this guy," Sgt. Gladys Cannon said.

Both men were being held in the Palm Beach County jail.

A maintenance worker found Shalleck's bloodied body Tuesday covered in garbage bags in the driveway of his home. He suffered several stab wounds and was stuffed beneath a heap of trash, Cannon said.

Authorities allege Ditto and Puglisi stole jewelry from Shalleck and pilfered funds from his checking account.


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