Woman’s body was found June 13 in Fredonia cemetery


The husband of a South Carolina woman whose body was found last month in a shallow grave in Fredonia has been charged with murder.

Lawrence “Larry” Florentine, 52, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Friday was charged by Kentucky State Police with murder and domestic violence. He is accused of killing his wife, 36-year-old Nicole Zahnd “Nikki” Florentine, and burying her partially clothed body in Hill Cemetery in Fredonia.

Her body was discovered by a cemetery caretaker June 13, but a coroner’s report listed the date of death as June 7.

After the discovery of the woman’s body, a warrant for Larry Florentine was issued by state police for abuse of a corpse. The man turned himself in June 23 to Denver Police Department in Colorado, where he once lived. He was released on a $25,000 bond Thursday, but was picked up Friday in Douglas County, Colorado, just south of Denver and jailed on the new Kentucky murder warrant.

Still, authorities have not released a cause of death for the mother of four, and no information has been provided on why the couple was in western Kentucky. However, a family member told The Herald Ledger last week that Nikki Florentine had been shot and her body burned.

An obituary for Florentine lists her residence as Williamsburg, South Carolina, more than 100 miles west of Rock Hill near the border with Georgia. She is survived by a daughter and three sons, as well as her parents and three siblings. According to social media accounts, she was owner of Zahnd MotorCars in Rock Hill.