Deputies: Valrico man bludgeoned girlfriend to death with cinder block

Michael Fields accused of killing girlfriend

VALRICO, Fla. - When Christina Mahzamani's children were left alone by their mother Sunday evening, they didn't realize that when she left their Brandon house it would be the last time they would see her alive.

Mahzamani, 32, was found lying on a lawn in Valrico on Tuesday afternoon next to the home of her boyfriend, 32-year old Michael Fields. Her head had been bludgeoned with a cinder block, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's investigators.

"I was totally shocked," said Larry Jordan, who lives next door to Mahzamani. His son used to play with her three kids, ages 3, 7, and 9.

"With me having a 7-year-old I'm always worried about stuff like that. Like, is our neighborhood safe?" Jordan asked.

Investigators said Fields called 911 after claiming to have discovered Mahzamani on his lawn. But after talking with him, detectives became suspicious.

"It didn't take detectives long to unravel his story," said Larry McKinnon, Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman.  "His timeline was not correct."

Deputies said they found a footprint in the woods where the cinder block was located that matched Fields' shoes.  

"We also found some pajamas with what appears to be bloodstains on those inside his bedroom," McKinnon said.

Mahzamani's mother, Debbie Magura-Metcalf, made an impassioned plea on Facebook for help after her daughter went missing. When she was found dead, messages began pouring in offering support and anger toward her boyfriend.

Mahzamani had been going through a divorce and was dating Fields, a personal trainer, whom she met through a friend.  

But recently all was not well with the relationship, according to one of Mahzamani's friends, and was in the process of trying to break it off.

Deputies said it's unclear why she went to Fields' house Sunday evening.

Investigators suspect it was during that time that Mahzamani was killed. Her car was found abandoned several miles from her house.

It's suspected that Fields initially left the woman's body in a wooded area behind his house at 2707 St. Cloud Oaks Drive and later dragged her in between his home and the house next door before calling law enforcement.

"He somehow wasn't able to develop a plan to get rid of the body," McKinnon said. "He ended up coming up with this scam of 'Oh my God, this body was found right between my houses.'"  

Fields was arrested on second-degree murder charges and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.

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