A murder trial for a Michigan man who allegedly killed his wife before having sex multiple times with his first cousin began Sept. 15.
Loyd Sabastian DeJohn, 48, made his 25-year-old half-cousin, Anjelica Gonzalez, his girlfriend after he gagged, strangled, beat and stabbed his wife, 51-year-old Kimberly DeJohn to death, the Daily Mail reports.
After the alleged murder, he reportedly hid Kimberly's corpse inside a closet in the home in Warren, Michigan.
He then had sex with his cousin multiple times in the marital home. Gonzalez later gave birth to his child.
"He told me not to worry about it, that she wasn’t coming back, that I would be safe and that he wanted to be with me, " Gonzales said. She maintains she was unaware of the murder when she later moved into the home with Loyd, the Daily Tribune reports.
For two days, his wife's body reportedly lay hidden in the closet before Gonzales complained of a "bad meat" smell. Loyd allegedly then moved the body out of the house and hid it in his truck for weeks before dumping it into a shallow grave.
In the meantime, Loyd allegedly fed Gonzales a number of stories to explain his wife's disappearance, all of which made her death seem accidental.
"It's hard for me because of all the negative comments that are made about me and it's heartbreaking for my kids," Gonzales said. "My daughter ... will never know her dad. [No matter] what has happened he is still my daughter's dad."
It was only after Kimberly's sister, Brenda Ernst, filed a missing person report with the police that authorities eventually found the woman's body and investigations began.
Loyd faces charges including first-degree murder and mutilation of a dead body.
Loyd claims he and his wife got into an argument after she broke one of his collectible items, implying that this was not a planned murder.
"Why would you commit a homicide?" asked his attorney, Mark Nortley. "Why would you do that? There's absolutely no motive at all. Clearly, clearly, clearly, there was no motive. There was no plan."
Assistant Prosecutor William Cataldo disagrees.
"We're going to show the violence is very beyond somebody pissed because 'they broke my collectible,'" he said. "This was planned... This was an act waiting for an opportunity."