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Murdered Florida mother Cassie Carli planned to get concealed transport permit out of fear for her safety: Family

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FIRST ON FOX: Slain Florida mom Cassie Carli had planned to apply for a concealed carry permit before her death out of concern for her safety, but she let her guard down after her ex-boyfriend, who was charged in connection with her death , had recently become more cordial, her family tells Fox News Digital.

Carli, 37, had spoken with his family about his intention to go through the process of legal possession of a concealed weapon due to Marcus Spanevelo’s ‘unpredictable’ behavior – and had talked about doing so just a week before his disappearance, her younger sister, Raeann, told Fox News Digital.

“She had spoken to me a week before the disappearance of, you know, ‘Marcus has been pretty cool lately, but I still think I’m going to go ahead and get that hidden permit,” Raeann Carli said, 32 years old. She admitted she wasn’t sure if her sister had even started the process and added, “She may have just picked up the papers.”

Photos courtesy of Cassie Carli’s family
(Courtesy of the Carli family)

SLAIN FLORIDA MOM’s ex-boyfriend was ordered to pay her $5,920 in attorney fees 9 days before she disappeared

The 34-year-old’s alleged history of verbal abuse and manipulation led Cassie to start considering getting the concealed carry permit, the sister continued. When asked if the pair had a falling out recently, Carli said Spanevelo had acted “cordial” recently.

“No outbursts at all recently from him,” she said. Carli said she believed her sister let her guard down around Spanevelo, the father of Cassie’s 4-year-old daughter Saylor. “Otherwise she would have had that hidden weapon too.”

“He was clear: ‘You’re not going to win. It will not happen. My way or not,” Raeann continued.


Murdered Florida mother Cassie Carli planned to get concealed transport permit out of fear for her safety: Family

Booking photo of Marcus Spanevelo
(Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office)

A spokesperson for the Maury County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, which currently has custody of Spanevelo, did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for attorney information on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, which led the investigation, said it does not have information about Spanevelo’s attorney.

“The abuse alone, though – with him filing prescriptions and charges, telling the doctor…that my sister is beating Saylor…wrong [Child Protective Services] reports – all of that, right there, was mental torture on her,” Raeann continued. She said the family is still tracking down Saylor, the couple’s young daughter.

Cassie Carli was last seen on the evening of March 27, meeting Spanevelo, in the parking lot of a beach side restaurant, Juana’s Pagoda, not far from her home in Navarre. Investigators then recovered her vehicle, with her purse inside, and confirmed the couple’s 4-year-old daughter was safe. Her disappearance prompted law enforcement and her family to search for missing persons for nearly a week.


Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said Thursday that investigators located Spanevelo more than four hours and more than 260 miles away in Birmingham, Alabamawhere they questioned him and were able to verify the couple’s daughter.

They arrested him Saturday morning during a traffic stop in Lebanon, Tennessee, and charged him with tampering with and destroying evidence – in connection with his alleged handing over of Carli’s cellphone – and with having gave false information regarding a missing person investigation, officials said.

Johnson said investigators were conducting a search warrant at a property in Alabama when they discovered Carli’s body in a barn in a shallow grave. Johnson told Fox News Digital his body appeared intact when they made the discovery Saturday night and said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell told Fox News Digital that the victim’s body was found at a property along Route 11 in Springville, Alabama, about 30 miles northeast of where police first caught up with Spanevelo in Birmingham. He said Spanevelo had ties to the property, but did not specify how.

Russell said on Monday the autopsy was complete, but required further testing. He said a toxicology review would also be done and the results would take weeks or even months.


Johnson said investigators had obtained evidence to build “an excellent case” against Spanevelo.

“He was totally uncooperative. He never cooperated with us at all,” he said. “She’s your baby’s mother and she’s missing, and you’re not going to cooperate with the authorities. That’s a bit of a tell-tale.”

Spanevelo made his first court appearance Monday in Tennessee, where he told a judge he would not voluntarily waive his extradition to be returned to Florida.

“Not at this time,” Spanevelo replied, when asked if he was willing to waive extradition to Florida, according to a WEAR stream. “There are some things that need to be ironed out before I’m ready to go down this path.”

In August, Carli’s younger sister, Raeann, set up a GoFundMe to help with mounting legal costs. Cassie detailed on the fundraising page that she met Spanevelo in July 2017 and got pregnant a few months later.


“This man was a master at the manipulation game and even though I could see all the warning signs of an abuser, I believed his excuses and got stuck in his web of narcissistic lies,” he said. writes Cassie in the letter on GoFundMe. “During my pregnancy, this man’s abusive control and manipulation intensified. But after struggling with infertility in my first marriage, I desperately wanted a family. So I justified his erratic behavior for as long as I I could.”

Cassie wrote that after ending the relationship, Spanevelo “filed dozens of fake police reports” and called child protective services “so many times I almost got to know most of them. staff members by name”.

Fox News Digital was first to report Monday that a judge ordered Spanevelo to pay Carli $5,920 in attorney fees just nine days before the young mom disappeared.

Carli attended the March 18 hearing on zoom in the office of her attorney, Aaron Wentz.

“Everybody in the office is pretty upset about it. We’ve been dealing with Cassie for a while. A very, very wonderful young woman,” Wentz told Fox News Digital on Monday. “In terms of the long legal battle that’s unfolding, I never had a feeling something like this was going to happen, honestly. It was a shock.”

Wentz said his office had no records showing Spanevelo paid Cassie any of the $5,920 the judge ordered him to pay.


Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Sheriff Johnson said more charges against Spanevelo are likely as authorities review the evidence.

“Once the autopsy is done and you see the charges laid, you’ll understand, but I think we have a great case,” Johnson said at a press conference on Sunday. “I think he’s either going to spend the rest of his life in prison or he’s going to get the needle. Hopefully the needle.”

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