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Woman charged with hiding road rage car

By LINDA GIBSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 19, 2000


TAMPA -- Police have charged a woman with helping to hide the car used in the road-rage killing Aug. 1 of a Largo man on Memorial Highway.

Deborah L. Buhrman, 28, of 4111 Land O' Lakes Blvd. in Land O' Lakes, was charged Friday with tampering with evidence and being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.

Police said she hid the car in her garage after the killing, then moved it twice after police came looking for it.

Police said Robert Bruno, 31, was driving Buhrman's red, 1996 Nissan 200 SX coupe when he became angry because Fernando Malagon cut him off on Memorial Highway.

After a five-mile chase, the two cars pulled over. Police say Bruno walked over to Malagon's gray Volvo, shot him with a pistol and then drove off in the Nissan with two passengers.

Buhrman was not in the car at the time, police said.

After appeals to the public for help in finding the car and the shooter, police got a tip Buhrman owned the car.

They visited her home, but she said she did not know where the car was, police said.

After detectives left, Buhrman and Bruno moved the car from her garage to a friend's garage on Renwick Circle in Tampa.

Durkin declined to give the address or name the owner, who he said was an acquaintance of Buhrman's.

"They knew the car was there and that it was hers, but they didn't know it was involved in anything criminal," he said.

Acting on a tip, police arrested Bruno on Aug 5 and charged him with second-degree murder. But he wouldn't tell police where to find the car, Durkin said.

So detectives visited Buhrman. She told them she didn't know where it was, then moved the car again, this time abandoning it in the parking lot of a Lowe's store on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Durkin said.

She finally told detectives Friday where to find the car, Durkin said.

She was held without bail in the Orient Road jail.

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