On Friday, the jurors have deliberated the case of 40-year-old Rick Moya Moreno, the man who served as a murder accomplice to Martin Armijo Jr. Moreno has been found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and might be sentenced to life in prison. For the Dallas bleach murder, 35-year-old Armijo might face similar sentencing as Moreno or death.
Dallas Bleach Murder Fueled by Jealousy
According to court documents, on the 1st of July 2016, 28-year-old Jonathan Paul Gutierrez was kidnapped, tortured, and killed at Armijo’s Dallas home. Moreover, Gutierrez, father of five, was in a relationship with Armijo’s former girlfriend, later identified as Avigail Villanueva.
Moreno told the court that he reluctantly agreed to help Armijo with his plan, as the man threatened to kill his family. Allegedly, on that day Moreno drove to Gutierrez’s house, abducted the victim, and brought him to Armijo’s house.
Armijo Jr. allegedly whipped, slashed, and pummeled his victim over the course of eight hours. Moreno also told the court that the author of the Dallas bleach murder also poured several gallons of the substance over Gutierrez’s bleeding body.
The victim’s ordeal was caught on camera by Moreno who later can be seen returning from the store with towels and some cleaning substances in order to mop of the blood-covered floor.
But Armijo’s sickening plan was far from over. Moreno claimed that Armijo ordered him to kidnap Villanueva and to bring her to his house as to show her that ‘he kept his promise.’
When the woman arrived, Armijo again lost his temper and begun belittling her in front of her husband. The man also struck the woman across the face with a baseball bat and a gun. Later, Moreno left Armijo who continued beating Gutierrez.
When the authorities arrived, the man was already dead.
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