St. Petersburg police said a woman was found dead in a hotel room Tuesday morning, and her boyfriend said he accidentally killed her during sex.
Police say Jennifer Lee Zale, 27, was found inside a room at the Kenwood Inn Hotel, 451 34th Street North.
Police say they were called to the hotel about 11:38 a.m. by Scott Alexander Greenberg, 28, who made spontaneous statements that he had strangled his girlfriend.
According to police, Zale and Greenberg had been staying at the hotel for two weeks. This morning, Greenberg told police, he and Sale were engaging in sexual intercourse, and she willingly participated in sexual asphyxia, during which he choked her.
Greenberg said Zale lost consciousness and could not be awakened, police said. He said he waited for eight hours to call 911 because he had panicked and didn't know what to do.
He insisted he didn't intend to kill Zale, police said.
Greenberg was arrested and originally charged with manslaughter, but detectives amended that charge Wednesday to second-degree murder after an autopsy revealed additional injuries to Zale's body consistent with continuous and intentional homicide violence.