David Meza, 26, brought his boyfriend Jake Merendino, 51, to the side of a road in Mexico in 2015 and repeatedly stabbed him, gutted him, and slashed his neck, prosecutors said. The older man was then dropped off the side of a cliff.
Prosecutors argued that Meza killed his boyfriend in order to inherit about $3.27 million in property, including a $273,000 ocean condo that Merendino had just purchased the day before.
Meza and Merendino met in 2013 after Meza posted an online ad saying that he was straight but did “gay things” for money. The two began a relationship in which Meza received money and expensive gifts from Merendino.
But, unbeknownst to Merendino, Meza had a girlfriend, Taylor Langston, who would became his fiancée. He
An ex-officer has been found not guilty for killing an unarmed dad. According to AZ Central, former Mesa police Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford of Maricopa County was determined not guilty of second-degree murder charges.
The charges related to a fatal incident on January 18, 2016 in which 26-year-old Daniel Shaver was confronted by six police officers at a La Quinta Inn Suites hallway. They were attending to call about an armed man at the building. Shaver was reportedly was kneeling, crying and begging not to be shot. The incident was captured on two police on-body cameras. The video is seen below per Daily Mail. It appears that Shaver was confused trying to follow the officers’ instructions. Shaver began to cry and said, “Please don’t shoot me.” He crawled towards the officers and then raised his right hand near his waistband. That’s when Brailsford fired.
Brailsford claimed that he fired his gun five times when he
On July 28, 2010, the body of 34-year-old Lorenzen Wright was found decomposing in suburban Memphis. On Tuesday, a man was charged in the murder of the former NBA player. The suspect, 46-year-old Billy Turner, was indicted on first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond, according to The Washington Post.
As ABC News shared, Wright’s ex-wife said he left her home on July 18, 2010 with drugs and cash. He got into a car with an unidentified person and wasn’t seen after that. On July 19, a police dispatcher received a call from Wright’s cellphone. Authorities said they heard a man cursing, followed by number gunshots on the call, according to The New York Times. When Wright was found, the former athlete had two gunshot wounds in his head, two bullets in his chest and bullet fragments in his forearm.
“Additional gunshot wounds cannot be excluded,” the autopsy report noted.
The body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered encased in concrete at a Wichita, Kansas home back in September. Now, the child’s mother and her boyfriend are being charged with first-degree murder. On Tuesday, Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine were charged for Evan Brewer’s death, according to The New York Times. The couple is expected to appear in court this week, and at this time, it is unclear if they have lawyers who can speak on their behalf.
A landlord discovered Brewer’s body while cleaning out the home after Miller and Bodine had moved out. According to The New York Times, the landlord noticed a foul smell exuding through a concrete structure in the home. The couple, however, was already in jail on prior, unrelated charges, and each of them are now being held on $500,000 bail.
Two Navy SEALs are being investigated on whether they strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment. As The New York Times shares, 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead in the embassy housing he shared in Bamako on June 4. He was there with other Special Operations forces for training and counterterrorism missions in the country.
Melgar was reportedly choked. His death was ruled to be “a homicide by asphyxiation” per sources familar with the autopsy. The two Navy SEALs who are being investigated in the death have not been identified. They were flown out of the country following the incident and have been put on administrative leave.
The Daily Beast shares that it is not clear what caused the attack. According to special operations forces, Melgar
Japan’s “Black Widow” serial killer—convicted in the deaths of her husband, two lovers, and the attempted murder of a fourth man—was sentenced to death by hanging on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.
Chisako Kakehi, 70, had her lovers drink cyanide after telling them it was a health drink, prosecutors claimed. Kakehi then inherited money from the men, having previously worked with her victims to make legal documents naming her their heiress.
Kakehi was arrested in 2014 after her fourth husband, 75, was found dead in their home a month after the couple married. Her previous three husbands also died, the Post reported, but she was not charged in connection to their deaths.
All of her wealthy victims were older than 70, and she met some of them through dating sites for wealthy singles.
During her trial, Kakehi maintained her innocence until July, when she made a surprise confession to killing her husband
Around 100 Mexican officers stormed the compound. Many in the group are now being held on charges related to illegal immigration, wildlife smuggling, and animal cruelty.
Police discovered various exotic animal parts in the facility, including pieces of zebras, buffaloes, red foxes, black squirrels, a lion and a bear rug, and elephant feet.
Black’s victims reportedly include three American citizens, teenagers Michael Black and Robert W. Black, and 23-year-old Jesse Barlow. What their connection is to Black has not yet been established. No one had claimed the bodies, although the trio reportedly lived on
The man who murdered and dismembered a Seattle mother of three and dumped her body parts in garbage bags pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder. John Robert Charlton, 38, still faces sentencing for the murder of 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne in April of 2016. Prosecutors say they intend to recommend the maximum prison sentence of 27 years and nine months, according to The Seattle Times.
Charlton and Lyne met online and had been dating for a month before she was reported missing by her former partner, after he dropped off their three daughters, who were ages 12, 10 and 7 at the time of her murder. While searching her home, Seattle detectives found bits of human flesh and dried blood in her bathtub, as well as a 15-inch pruning and an empty box of plastic garbage bags, according to FOX News.
A New Jersey man who was convicted of killing his 3-year-old son after he worried the boy was interfering with his relationship with his 17-year-old girlfriend was given his crime’s maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, Time magazine reported.
David Creato Jr., 23, pleaded guilty in August to aggravated manslaughter of his son Brendan after a murder trial ended in a mistrial. He said at the August plea that he “recklessly caused his son’s death under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life by depriving Brendan of oxygen.”
“You have caused so much brokenness,” grandmother, Danielle Colins, recounts the sadness David Creato Jr. caused by killing his son.
Robert Reagan, a 53-year-old former Hugo Boss model, has been found guilty of second-degree murder. He’s been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for the death of Loredana Nesci, a reality TV star and the subject of the show “Loredana, Esq.”
Reagan and Nesci were in a relationship and had one 5-year-old son together. The child was home during the murder. Reagan later called Nesci’s sister to pick him up in the five hours between the murder and when he called the police.
Reagan had been found guilty in August and was described by People as stoic by Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski: “When the jury left, he cried a little bit.”
“I think there was overwhelming evidence in the case and it was the right verdict,” said Ostrowski. “I am very grateful for the jury. I am glad she can rest in peace.”
Ostrowski noted that the couple were on the verge of breaking up