Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Dr. Yazeed Essa

Trial and Sentence

On January 25, 2010, nearly five years after the murder, Yazeed Essa met his fate.

With each passing day, the trial became more and more sordid, as the details about his affairs, and his open resentment of his wife spilled outdetails related by his brother and some of his mistresses.

Yazeed Essa
Yazeed Essa
There was an attempt by the defense to pin the murder on one of the mistresses, Marguerita Montanez. The defense insisted that because she had been infatuated with Essa she had even scheduled her wedding on the same day that Essa married Rosie.

There was an attempt to portray the cyanide in the calcium bottle as the result of a tampered or defective bottle.

Neither ploy seemed to gain much traction with the jury.

On March 5, 2010, Yazeed Essa finally had to face the jury. The event that he had spent nearly five years avoiding had come to pass. He was found guilty of murdering his wife.

He received a maximum life sentence and received the news stone-faced.

Despite the defense's efforts, the jury didn't buy their scenarios of tampered bottles or murderous mistresses.

The jury's logic for convicting Essa was simple. An innocent man doesn't flee.

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