Monica Sementilli [left],and her husband Fabio ‘Big Daddy’ Sementilli [right]were married for 20 years before she was accused of recruiting her boyfriend for his murder in Los Angeles in 2017
The expose of damning photos taken last February, of Monica Sementilli and Robert Baker, the man with whom she had been involved in an extra-marital affair, are seen on the patio at a family memorial only days after the murder of Monica’s husband,
The dead man, world-famous hairdresser Fabio Sementilli. He had been while smoking a cigar on that same patio.
The inquest into the slaying of Fabio ‘Big Daddy’ Sementilli came to a dramatic point when prosecutors said of the widow, ‘She’s a liar, she’s a manipulator, she’s a cheater’.
Prosecutors used those words to describe the woman who has been accused of murdering her famous hair stylist husband at theirs home in Los Angeles in January 2017.
Those words were directed at Monica Sementilli, in secret grand jury proceedings presenting her as a sex-crazed, manipulative cheater who was spotted partying in Las Vegas with her lover shortly after the death of husband, Fabio.
Monica Sementilli, 46, and her boyfriend Robert Baker, 55, were indicted by a jury for allegedly killing her 49-year-old husband Fabio ‘Big Daddy’ Sementilli last year.
The internationally known hairdresser was found stabbed to death on the patio of the couple’s home in Los Angeles back in January 2017. – Prosecutors allege that the wife plotted to kill her husband to cash in her share of his $1.6million insurance policy.
The Los Angeles area couple, who were transplants from Toronto, Canada, had been married 20 years at the time. The A-list hairstylist and beauty company executive was brutally murdered while relaxing near his pool.
Surveillance video from his Los Angeles neighborhood caught the suspects on video running to his home, and then leaving in his Porsche 35 minutes later. However, the suspects’ identities were obscured.
Life-loving Fabio Sementilli was described as larger-than-life in the hairstyling industry.
Sementilli was described as larger-than-life in the hairstyling industry. He lived with his second wife, Monica, and their kids in a beautiful home. At first, police believed Sementilli was the victim of a notorious wave of crimes known as knock-knock burglaries, targeting celebrities. Knock-knock burglars had hit the homes of former Los Angeles Lakers star Derek Fisher, Nicki Minaj and Alanis Morrisette. These thieves typically stole cash and jewelry, but this was the first case where police initially tied a murder to knock-knock burglars.
Police would learn that the reason behind the murder was much darker and twisted than a simple robbery. Turns out, it wasn’t a break-in gone wrong that led to Sementilli’s death after all. Nearly five months later, a pair of arrests would shake Sementilli’s family to the core.
“It was like a twist in a nightmare,” says Sementilli’s son, Luigi. When police found 49-year-old Fabio Sementilli, he was collapsed on his poolside deck. He had stab wounds to his face, neck and body.
It looked like a textbook break-in. It was the end of the day. Fabio was relaxing by his pool.
Surveillance image of two people police identify as Rob Baker and an accomplice entering the Sementilli’s LA home, on the day of the murder
Sementilli’s defense team have been pushing to have parts of the damning testimony heard before the grand jury sealed because they claim it would be prejudicial to her case.
Her lawyers were unsuccessful last month in their attempts to have transcripts of grand jury proceedings sealed.
Prosecutors had told the grand jury that Sementilli was the opposite of a grieving widow in the aftermath of her husband’s death, according to the transcript obtained by LA legal blog, Trials & Tribulations.
‘She’s a liar, she’s a manipulator, she’s a cheater and everything that comes out of her mouth has to be taken with a large grain of salt… Large enough so that you could choke on it,’ the prosecution said.
Prosecutors have alleged that Sementilli was the opposite of a grieving widow in the aftermath of her husband’s death. She is pictured above attending Fabio’s wake with her lover and co-accused Robert Baker
In these photos taken last February, Monica Sementilli, and Robert Baker, are seen on the patio at a family memorial only days after the murder of Monica’s husband, world-famous hairdresser Fabio Sementilli, who had been while smoking a cigar on that same patio.
Suspect Rob Baker who was secretly seeing Fabio’swife was photographed at the wake held for the hairstylist, at his home. A bandage was spotted on his left index finger [inset].Monica Sementilli [left], and her boyfriend Robert Baker, [right],have been indicted by a jury for allegedly killing her husband Fabio ‘Big Daddy’ Sementilli last year
Sementilli, who was arrested with Baker five months after her husband’s death, was spotted partying in Las Vegas soon after the body was found, the court heard.
The jury was shown photos of Sementilli dancing, celebrating and taking selfies at Baker’s Vegas birthday bash.
Prosecutors described Sementilli as an ‘Academy Award-winning actress’ because she posted a Facebook status saying how much she missed her husband and then a day later allegedly kissed her lover in a bar.
That same day in the bar, prosecutors said Sementilli was caught on surveillance going out for a cigarette where she proceeded to grab the bouncer’s thigh and then make out with him.
‘This p****s off Baker… because of course, he’s gotten rid of the husband and this is how she repays him, right in front of his face,’ prosecutors told the jury.
According to testimony given before the grand jury, Baker had allegedly told friends that Sementilli was demanding in bed and that she had a preference for anal sex.
Prosecutors also argued that Sementilli was eager to get her hands on her husband’s $1.6million insurance policy and had called detectives several times to inquire about the money.
Monica and Fabio Sementilli. The couple had been married 20 years
She is alleged to have told detectives that she would be forced to sell the house and fire her housekeeper and pool cleaner if she didn’t get the money.
Sementilli’s defense attorneys have argued that parts of the testimony, particularly the sexual elements, are not relevant to her murder charge and could jeopardize a fair trial.
Investigators believe Sementilli had been having an affair with Baker for about 18 months before her husband was killed.
Detectives suspect that Sementilli orchestrated the plot to have her husband killed and Baker carried out the slaying.
Fabio had been stabbed several times in the face and body and was found bleeding profusely on the patio of their gated home in the upscale Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on January 23. He died at the scene.