Sign-Language Interpreter at Serial Killer Press Conference Was Imposter, Police Say

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan spoke at a news conference to announce they had captured a suspect in four killings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of the city

28 news conference, shown on TV and social media, announced the apprehension of the serial killer behind four deaths in the Seminole Heights neighborhood only to have that message turned into utter nonsense for those trying to follow what Derlyn Roberts was signing.

Settambrino, who teaches sign language at the University of South Florida, compared the woman's signing to "gibberish more than anything", according to ABC Action News. RT.com has contacted the Tampa Bay Police Department for an interview.

A USA sign language interpreter has left deaf audiences stumped after delivering gibberish during a police press conference.

Tampa police department has confirmed an investigation is underway as to who ordered for Roberts to attend the press conference but said she wouldn't be facing any charges.

Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Janelle McGregor tells the Tampa Bay Times officials are conducting a review because they didn't request an interpreter for the November 28 news conference. The briefing, set up to discuss the recent arrest of Howell Donaldson on Wednesday night, became the subject of criticism after members of the area's deaf community said they could not understand the translation at all.

It is reported that the female interpreter signed nonsensical phrases such as "10 arrest murder bush" and "murder three minutes in 14 weeks ago".

"I allowed her to do it". In September, as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and officials announced a mandatory evacuation, an interpreter in nearby Manatee County began signing words like "pizza", "monster" and "bear", along with other gibberish.

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Florida says only that ASL interpreters have to be "qualified", Settambrino said.

A spokesperson for TPD says he didn't do his due diligence, and did not question Roberts when she showed up as an ASL interpreter.

"I don't know what motivates her, but she hasn't returned my calls", he said.

According to the Daily Mail and the Tampa Bay Times 53-year-old Roberts also goes by the name Derlyn Glover, and has a previous felony conviction for fraud for which she served five years.

One more kindly remark on Facebook from an interpreter encouraged Roberts to get in touch with a mentor and learn professional skills.

It's unclear whether the woman is a certified American sign language interpreter. He later said he is schizophrenic and had seen angels descending in the stadium where the event took place.

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