Thursday, January 20

160 years in prison: young serial killer who used social networks to hunt victims in New Jersey sentenced

Khalil Wheeler Weaver.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office / Cortesía

Khalil Wheeler Weaver, a 25-year-old who used dating apps to lure and kill three women, was sentenced yesterday to 160 years in prison in New Jersey.

The conviction in a Newark state court came after a trial in which it was revealed that friends of one of the victims, Sarah Butler, did their own detective work on social media to discover suspect.

Wheeler remained motionless while the judge handed down the sentence, which was preceded by emotional statements from the relatives of the victims Robin West (19) and Butler (20), he described NBC News. The other woman killed was Joanne Brown (33).

In a short previous statement, Wheeler denied his responsibility and told Superior Judge Mark S. Ali that he had been framed. His mother, aunt and brother sat on the veranda, but did not address the court.

The sentences covered three murders, an attempted murder and other charges including kidnapping, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains. At the time of the crimes, the now sentenced man was 20 years old.

The Essex County prosecution had recognized friends of Butler, a Montclair college student, for using social media to help police find Wheeler. To do this, they gained access to their social media accounts, set up a fake account, lured the suspect to a meeting, and notified the authorities.

Tiffany Taylor, a fourth woman who survived an attack and testified at trial, also provided information crucial that helped investigators.

“My whole life is different; I no longer wear makeup; I do not have friends. I’m always paranoid. But I’m happy to still be here, “said Taylor, before addressing the judge:” I hope he doesn’t show him any remorse, because he doesn’t show any remorse.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Wheeler He used dating apps to entice women to have sex and then strangled them. Their bodies were found between September and December 2016 in northern New Jersey. Investigators also presented evidence from Wheeler’s cell phone that located it where the victims disappeared and later found their bodies.

Essex County Deputy District Attorney Adam Wells noted Wednesday that the killings were separated by weeks, giving Wheeler a chance to contemplate his actions before killing again. “The accused believed these victims were disposable. They killed them and then he went on with his day as if nothing had happened. “

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