Florida man finds girlfriend's lover in bed, beats man to death, police say

Florida man finds girlfriend's lover in bed, beats man to death, police say
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A former Palm Beach Central High School football star has been arrested for murder.

Police say 24-year-old Zedric Joseph beat his girlfriend's lover with a hair iron and stabbed him to death after he broke into her apartment and found the two having sex.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies were called to her apartment in West Palm Beach at 12:30 p.m. March 7. They found Ricardy Chery of Riviera Beach dead from multiple stab wounds. Vasti Laurore, 23, had called police to report the incident and had a severe cut to her hand requiring stitches, according to an arrest report.

Laurore told police that she and Chery were in her locked apartment bedroom when Zedric Joseph, of 1301 Wyndcliff Drive in Wellington, broke through the bedroom door holding a black-handled knife and immediately began stabbing Chery repeatedly all over his body.

Laurore said Chery rolled off the bed trying to get away and begged Joseph to stop stabbing him. Joseph reportedly responded "N---- you gone die! You gone learn."

Laurore told police that Joseph ordered them to their knees on the floor, after which he began kicking Chery and spitting on him. Laurore said she begged him to stop, and he put the knife to her throat and said "You gone die today." She told police she grabbed the blade of the knife and suffered a severe cut to her thumb. Joseph then picked up a flat hair iron and began to beat Chery with it. Laurore said she tried to dial 9-1-1 on her cell phone, but Joseph took it and threw it. Joseph soon left the apartment.

Laurore told police that she has had a relationship with Joseph for five years and they have a child together. She said her apartment was locked, but because it's not working properly it's easy to get the door open.

Joseph was arrested Wednesday night on charges of first-degree murder, burglary, kidnap, and aggravated battery and remained held in Palm Beach County Jail without bond Thursday.