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Date of Issue: January 13, 2006

Woman charged with roommate's murder

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One woman was found dead and another charged with murder in Cortez Jan. 2.

Mimi Pace, 42, of 3707 115th St. Ct. W., was found by Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies on the floor of a mobile home she was moving into with her boyfriend, Scott Conklin.

Tammy Lynn George, 44, had allowed the pair to move in with her in the Sunny Shores residence.

According to deputies, the two women had an argument that morning, and George stabbed Pace, who was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. George was arrested and charged with murder.

Neighbors told deputies that they believed George and Pace had both been involved in drug-related activities.

Conklin said George admitted to killing Pace, and neighbors outside the mobile home concurred as to hearing her confession. She is being held without bond at the Manatee County Jail.

Pace had had numerous charges filed against her for drug and domestic violations in the past few years, and was arrested for having drugs and paraphernalia by Florida Highway Patrol troopers Nov. 11, 2005.

George had been arrested Dec. 23, 2005, on domestic violence charges against her boyfriend.

Pace's death was the first in Manatee County in 2006.