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ThisNote was written on a folded piece of paper and placed on top the trash pile at the home of a suspected murderer. Detectives were in disbelief. ThisThey needed unburied treasure to convict their main suspect in murder.
In February 2018, 25-year-oldAn assassin shot him four times during an ambush style attack. Detective Chad WeaverYou can find the Volusia County Florida, Sheriff’s OfficeAccording to an investigator, the killer was “lying in wait.”
Detective WeaverCreds De La Cerda was gunned down when he came to his front door expecting to receive a package containing an engagement ring for his fiancée Jessica Devnani.
“YouCould see that the front door was opened, and there was glass everywhere.” Weaver”48″ Hours” correspondent Peter Van SantIn an interview for “The Ring: The MurderOf Patrick De La Cerda.” AtFirst, the detective believed that “this was probably going to turn out to be a whodunit.”
TheCase was quickly changed DevnaniShe pointed investigators at the man she believed to be responsible De La Cerda’s murder: her jealous ex-boyfriend, Gregory Bender.
DevnaniTelled WeaverThat BenderHer pain was unbearable and PatrickText messages and voicemails were left for several months with threatening messages. Afraid, DevnaniHad made these threats to a Judge, who issued a Restraining Order against. Bender. HeHe was required to surrender his large gun collection. ForWithin a few weeks, she reported that his threats and other messages had stopped.
UntilThe morning of February27, 2018. DevnaniReceived her first call from BenderIn months. SheI didn’t know the answer but knew immediately that something wasn’t right. SheHurried to De La Cerda’s house, but when she arrived, her fiancé had already been shot, and was dead on the ground.
WeaverAlthough he believed he had a suspect in his case, there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant arrest. Gregory BenderFor murder. ItThis tip was from, Daymara SanchezThis was the gift that I received. WeaverWhat he needed in order to build a case against himself.
SanchezWho is it? WeaverTo whom she was still married BenderDuring the time he was in a relationship Devnani”I was asked to meet the detective in a quiet parking lot.”She”I was nervous.” Weaver recalled. SheSeveral more incriminating evidence was against them Gregory BenderTo share.
SanchezTelled Detective WeaverThat she had seen a report from the news. Patrick’sIt sounded like murder and was very similar to notes she had written in a spiral notebook. Bender. SheTelled WeaverShe had asked her questions. BenderHe had told her about his notebook that the disturbing notes were just his “fantasy.” ButTo. Detective WeaverThis is a “fantasy”. SanchezIt sounded very much like the real murder of De La Cerda.
WeaverSays Sanchez’sPolice were given probable cause to search after tip Bender’s house. “OnceShe told us about the plot to murder, and that gave us the information we needed to enter the house.” WeaverHe did, however, it was not likely that the suspect would have kept such a clear piece of evidence.
On February 28, 2018, WeaverHe and his team entered with their investigators Bender’sHome in Windemere, FloridaTo execute their search warrant. AlmostImmediately after you have entered Bender’s five-bedroom house, WeaverWhat appeared to be a fantasy was actually quite real. ThereIn the suspect’s home office WeaverI spotted the notebook pages Sanchez had described.
“I was shocked,” she said. Weaver. “There’s”There is no way we could have just discovered this murder plan.”
ThereOn a few pieces of paper that have been ripped up, at the top Bender’sThe details of his elaborate plot were in the trash bin Patrick De La Cerda.
“The”The first thing that I wanted to do was grab the garbage can and read it all.” WeaverHe said that he understood the importance of this evidence being gathered.
TheNotes were completed with De La Cerda’sAddress, sketch of his property and notes on how to enter or exit the premises.
TheNotes read in part, “… Dispose of clothes, plates, tracker and gloves.” ItIt was BenderHe had calculated for the elimination almost of all evidence. However, one oversight was in the plan: he neglected to dispose of the notes.
AlsoAmmunition and a shell case were found in the home of the suspect, which matches those at the crime scene. TheseBits of trash are valuable, and both can testify to it. Sanchez DevnaniThis, along with cell-phone evidence and the discovery that the ammunition was there, convinced the jury. Bender’sMusings are more than fantasy.
On May 28, 2021, Gregory BenderWas found guilty of first degree murder. Bender’sHis attorneys claim that the search of his home was unlawful and will appeal the conviction. However, he is currently serving a life sentence in prison with no parole possibility.
TheThe truths of the women he deceived, justice in a jealous murder and the neglect to empty his trash determined the fate of this killer.
Source: CBS News