Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 25, allegedly killed three women at the end of 2016 and was found after a friend of one of the murdered women framed him.
The Justice of New Jersey, in the United States, sentenced to 160 years in prison last Tuesday, 6, a 25-year-old man suspected of using relationship apps to attract and kill strangled women. Classified as a “serial killer “by forensic analysts, Khalil Wheeler-Weaver would have killed three women and tried to murder a fourth in meetings in the North of the US state between September and December 2016. He was discovered when the friend of one of the victims passed as “bait” with the help of the police and made an appointment with him.
“The accused believed that the victims were expendable. They were killed and he went about his day as if nothing had happened, but the lives of each of these women matter,” said Assistant District Attorney in the case, Adam Wells, before the jury.
According to him, the suspect committed the crimes within weeks of each other, which gave him time to contemplate his actions before committing another murder. Families of the victims and the woman who survived Khalil’s attack also spoke before the jury. Tiffany Taylor, who managed to escape the criminal, gave details of the attack and talked about how the crime changed her life. “I don’t wear makeup anymore, I don’t have any friends and I’m always paranoid. Even so, I am happy to be here,” she said. She asked the judge not to show any remorse, as the suspect did not appear guilty of the murders committed.
When addressing the judge, identified by the international press only as “Mark S.”, Kalil stated that he was innocent and the victim of a frame. The suspect’s mother, aunt and brother were present at the scene but did not speak to Justice. Wheeler’s first victim was a 19-year-old woman from Philadelphia, who was seen by witnesses getting into the accused’s car on August 31, 2016, and was killed a few hours later, her body abandoned in a house next to the suspect’s and then burned. Her body took two weeks to be identified. About a month later, the suspect’s second victim was a 33-year-old woman whose body was also abandoned in a house and found after six weeks. The third victim disappeared on Thanksgiving 2016, in November.
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