July 11, 2018

THERESA JAVA/Free Press
Investigators go over notes outside the home of Mary Bonneville, following her Oct. 21 death.

THERESA JAVA/Free Press Investigators go over notes outside the home of Mary Bonneville, following her Oct. 21 death.

KEY LARGO — The death of Mary Bonneville, a 70-year-old woman whose body was found inside her burning home nearly nine months ago, remains a mystery. 

Investigators initially described the wounds to her body as “suspicious” and not caused by the fire.

A report just released by the State Fire Marshal for the first time officially specifies the nature of those wounds as cuts or lacerations to the woman’s neck and shoulders.

Responding to a report of a fire, firefighters arrived at Bonneville’s Ponce de Leon Boulevard residence at 9:44 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017, and found the back door and back sliding door wide open, and Bonneville dead inside.

Bonneville had left the nearby VFW Post 10211, whose back entrance abuts Ponce de Leon Boulevard, around 8:30 p.m. to walk home, roughly 100 yards away.

Around 9 p.m. Oct. 21, the same night of Bonneville’s death, Magdalena Soutelo-Rodriguez claimed she was held at knifepoint against her will by her ex-boyfriend, Eddy Lopez-Jemot, while behind the VFW sitting in her car.

Soutelo-Rodriguez didn’t report the alleged incident until Monday, Oct. 23, out of fear that Lopez-Jemot would harm her or her children.

She was unable to determine the knife’s length, but told detectives it had a green handle. She also reported that Lopez-Jemot said, “I’m going to kill you and rip your head off.”

Lopez-Jemot also allegedly told Soutelo-Rodriguez, “I’m going to burn up your house so you know what it would be like to have nothing.”

Bonneville’s house was on fire about 30 minutes after Soutelo-Rodriguez was able to get away from Lopez-Jemot.

Lopez-Jemot faces two felony charges — carrying a deadly weapon without intent to kill and burglary to a dwelling or conveyance — for the incident involving his ex-girlfriend. He remains in Monroe County jail on $100,000 bond.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will not say if the two incidents with VFW connections are related, or if Lopez-Jemot is a person of interest in the Bonneville investigation.

Staff at the VFW said Lopez-Jemot was not inside the post on Oct. 21 as he was banned from entering two years ago. 

Police records reveal that Lopez-Jemot was arrested at the VFW in December 2013 for violating an injunction order after refusing to leave when he saw Soutelo-Rodriquez there.

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