A five-page murder arrest warrant for Corey Binderim details how Clay County investigators tracked information that led to his latest charges.
Susan Elizabeth Mauldin was going to sue the man she paid about $12,000 to renovate her Eagle Harbor home’s bathroom, since he had demolished it and then stopped working.
According to Corey Louis Binderim’s murder warrant released Wednesday, the 65-year-old woman complained to several people about the Fleming Island contractor, four months before her skeletal remains were found in a Georgia landfill.
Binderim, 45, had his first court appearance Wednesday on the murder charge, as well as charges of tampering with evidence and burglary, Clay County court records show.
Mauldin was reported missing on Oct. 24 from her Fleming Island home where her car remained.
The Sheriff’s Office said it investigation led to Binderim, who initially cooperated in the case. Then he disappeared, only to be arrested Dec. 3 in Jacksonville on a charge of forgery.
On Jan. 29 and 30 authorities found Mauldin’s remains at Chesser Island Road Landfill in Folkston and shortly thereafter announced Binderim was being charged with murder.
The investigation showed that Binderim went to a Fleming Island Home Depot Oct. 24 and bought two 60-pound bags of concrete and large heavy-duty construction debris bags. Video surveillance revealed he went to Mauldin’s neighborhood, while her cellphone records show he called her twice.
More video surveillance shows Binderim backed his pickup truck to her garage about 8 a.m. that day, then left a few minutes later, the warrant said. He went to his home for 15 minutes, then drove to the Rosemary Hill landfill in Clay County about 9:15 a.m. and "dumped approximately 300 pounds in the construction area."
Interviews Binderim gave to detectives say he denied going to Mauldin’s home on Oct. 24, then said he did. A detective also noticed he had scratches on his left arm and hand. The warrant also said blood was found on a lampshade in Mauldin’s living room, more on the floor and in the kitchen. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 then detected the odor of decomposition on Binderim’s tool bag and a plastic bin when a search was made of his storage unit.
Investigators learned that trash from Rosemary Hill is taken to the Chesser Island Landfill and began searching there Jan. 21 with the FBI until she was discovered.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549
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