James “Jimmie” C. Burke, a former Miami-Dade County commissioner who was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for accepting bribes in the late 1990s, was found dead Saturday in his Georgia home, his brother James J. Burke said.
Waycross police arrested Jimmie Burke’s wife, Sonia Burke, 58, and charged her with murder.
According to police, Sonia Burke called 911 just after 4 p.m. Saturday to report that she was having a hard time breathing. When paramedics arrived, she pointed them to a bedroom, police said. After forcing their way in, paramedics found Jimmie Burke, 68, dead.
Sonia Burke was arrested and taken to the hospital to be treated for a possible overdose, police said. While police are still investigating, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said in a news release that it appeared Jimmie Burke died from “gunshot wounds during a domestic dispute.”
James J. Burke said Sunday “they were having problems.”