Advertisements
Trending Events

Federal jury convicts California bi-swinger, David Meza, of murdering his wealthy Texan gay lover, Jake Merendino, to inherit his estate

Popular Stories

27-year-old California man who led a double life convicted of murdering his wealthy gay lover to inherit his estate
David Enrique Meza, and his then-girlfriend, Taylor Marie Langston, 22, were convicted in the 2015 murder of a wealthy Texan, Jake Merendino
Prosecution said Meza met Merendino online in 2013, lured him into a romantic relationship with the aim of killing him and inheriting his wealth
Jake Clyde Merendino, 52, was killed in the early hours of May 2, 2015   
Meredino had been stabbed 22 times and had his throat slashed twice, his body dumped down a ravine in Mexico 
Faces life imprisonment, sentencing set for Aug 7
David Meza2.jpg David Meza, set up a wealthy retiree and killed him to grab the estate

David Meza a San Diego man who led a double life as the boyfriend of a wealthy Texas man and the fiancé of a woman carrying his child was charged with traveling to Mexico in May 2015 and brutally killing Jake Clyde Merendino, a Texan who was his boyfriend and benefactor at the time. Merendino who inherited a large fortune from his parents, made more money flipping houses.
Meza was convicted today of murder for killing Merendino, in order to inherit his estate.

David Enrique Meza, 27, and his then-girlfriend, Taylor Marie Langston,22, were indicted Tuesday in the May 2015 death of 52-year-old Jake Clyde Merendino.
 Taylor Langston2.jpg
Taylor Langston admitted her guilt in the coverup

Meza was convicted of one count of interstate or foreign domestic violence resulting in murder, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
A federal jury returned the verdict on the second anniversary of Merendino’s death.
“David Meza took the life of a man who cared for him, lavished him with expensive gifts and who wanted to create a life with him,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson. “On this day, the second anniversary of Jake Merendino’s death, we salute the jury for delivering justice to a greedy killer who will now have to answer for his cruelty.”

Jake Merendino1.jpg
Jake Merendino was killed in the early hours of May 2, 2015

Langston, who was pregnant with Meza’s child at the time of the murder, entered a plea agreement in February. She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, The San Diego Tribune reported.
In 2013, Meza met Merendino online, through an ad that was placed by Meza. He lured the Houston resident into a romantic relationship so that he could kill him, and inherit his wealth.
He allegedly covered up the crime with the help of his girlfriend, Taylor Marie Langston, who was pregnant with their child at the time of the murder.

The merendino will1

The hand written will that Meza intended to use as a stake on the Merendino estate

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Foster told the court Meza planned to kill Merendino for money who had just named him as the sole beneficiary of his estate in a one-page handwritten will written on hotel stationery, for the money.
The prosecution detailed how the Houstonian he bought Meza two cars and a motorcycle, paid for his clothing and trips, and gave Meza access to his bank account.
Merendino was murdered in the early hours of May 2, 2015, days after he closed escrow on a luxury oceanfront condo in Baja California.
On May 1, 2015, according to court document, Merendino and Meza checked into a hotel in Rosarito, Mexico. Foster said that night Meza went back to his apartment in San Diego, then returned to Rosarito just after 12:30 a.m., with Langston following in the couple’s SUV.
Cellphone GPS data from Meza’s phone and border-crossing records tracked his movements, showing that just before 2 a.m. his phone pinged off a cell tower in Rosarito.
He then lured Merendino from his hotel room around 1 a.m. Foster said, by saying his motorcycle had broken down on a highway outside town.
Merendino’s silver Range Rover was later found at a turnout off the highway around 3 a.m. by Mexican police, who then spotted his body dumped down a ravine. An autopsy showed he had been stabbed 22 times and had his throat slashed twice.
Meza and Langston were seen returning to the U.S. after the slaying. In interviews with FBI agents, the pair said they were in Tijuana, Mexico visiting a friend the night of the murder. Their alibi unraveled when the friend refused to back it up. He told investigators that the couple hadn’t visited him.
Eleven days after the killing, Meza staked his claim. He mailed the handwritten will to the probate court in Texas.
Meza’s sentencing will take place on Aug. 7.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: