Prosecutors say he tried to drown her again days later in a Jacuzzi at Miami's Executive Airport Motel, but he couldn't get her to stay under water.
There is such a thing as divorce but I don't think that was on one Florida man's mind.
According to the Associated Press, a South Florida man was convicted of beating his newlywed wife to death so he could collect a $1 million life insurance policy.
Really? After only being married four days? Didn't he think that would be in the least suspicious?
Prosecutors say Michel Escoto, 42, was married to Wendy Trapaga, 21, for only 4 days in October 2002 when he strangled and beat her to death with a tire iron.
Wait, it gets even stranger.
Escoto initially tried to drug her during their Key West honeymoon and make her death look like an accidental drowning, but Trapaga complained her drink was too chalky. Prosecutors say he then tried to drown her again several days later in a Jacuzzi at Miami's Executive Airport Motel, but he couldn't get her to stay under water.
On Tuesday, it was no surprise to anyone that a Miami-Dade County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and he faces a mandatory life sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for May 7. The lead witness against him was his ex-girl-friend, who testified (with immunity) that she helped him plan the murder.
And why did it take so long to convict him? Well, he was in court once already in 2005 after filing a lawsuit when the insurance company didn't pay the policy but he represented himself at that trial and gave conflicting testimony in that trial.
Those conflicts led to his arrest and -- get this -- he has been in jail since 2005 because of that.
So, what I am wondering, did she know him long before they married?
I myself married too quickly and eventually divorced but murder never solves anything. I feel badly for the newlywed bride's family that had to wait 12 years for justice. But better late than never, I always say, about a lot of things in life..
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