Lori Musil was an artist. She was a mother, and she was the kind of person who “never met a stranger.”
Musil texted her children goodnight every day. Musil was young and loving, and she took the time to go on outings with her children and grandchildren regularly.
Her grandchildren referred to her as “Ariel” because she was just like a beautiful mermaid. She would surprise her children with small gifts, trinkets and sea shells.
In 2015, Musil was preparing to watch her daughter graduate from college.
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Jurors began hearing testimony in the murder trial of Christopher Lindsay for the drowning of Lorie Musil Tuesday at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse in Milton.
The trial comes more than two years after the alleged murder and will likely continue on through the rest of the week.
Lindsay is accused of intentionally drowning Musil in Pensacola Bay outside of the Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze the evening of Nov. 22, 2015. Lindsay was residing with his girlfriend in Navarre at the time of the incident according to testimony.
According to the Gulf Breeze Police Department arrest report, Lindsay was seen by multiple witnesses talking to Musil inside the bar.
Lindsay and Musil can be seen leaving the bar together on security video from the bar around 10:35 p.m. The video shows Lindsay returning to the bar at 11:16 p.m. alone without a shirt.
The bartender told Musil he had to leave since he was not wearing a shirt. During the verbal altercation Lindsay said “that b- threw me in the water” and “I drowned that b-” while laughing. He then left the bar.
Witnesses who saw Lindsay outside the bar said he was acting strangely, yelling and talking about “that b- pushing him in the water.” The witnesses observed that his torso and hair were wet while his jeans were dry. He was not wearing shoes.
Gulf Breeze Police officers discovered Musil’s body on the rocks next to the marina the following morning. An autopsy showed multiple bruises on legs, arms and torso leading the doctor to conclude the cause of death was homicide by intentional submersion of the face.
Testimony thus far has included statements from Gulf Breeze Police officers and the man that dropped Lindsay off at the Bridge Bar.
Th case is being prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Clifton Drake, and attorney Timothy Weekly is defending Lindsay. Judge David Rimmer is presiding.
Updates on this case will be made as more information becomes available.