A Georgia man arranged the murder of his roommate and called 911 pretending to be shocked.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recently, Cobb District Superior Court Judge Ann B. Harris handed Santos Tomas Vasquez, 43, a life term in prison for the shooting death of Andres Meza Munguia, 33. After a three-week trial, Vasquez was found guilty and convicted by a jury of malice murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
“The jury returned a verdict that spoke the truth — that this defendant was the ringleader behind this heinous murder. He took advantage of and manipulated his co-defendants to slaughter a man for reasons that will never be understood,” said Cobb Senior Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Green, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On July 29, 2018, officers responded to a 911 distress call from Vasquez, who reported his roommate had been shot. However, investigators uncovered a plot orchestrated by the defendant that had culminated a few days prior to the demise of Munguia.
The discovery stemmed from used cellphone records, tower data and video footage from surveillance cameras which established the defendant as an active participant in the homicide.
According to prosecutors, Vasquez had employed the services of three co-conspirators, Dorian Acosta, Anthony Lopez and Fredy Jimenez, to execute his roommate.
On the day of the killing, Vasquez and Jimenez drove Lopez and Acosta to the defendant’s residence in Austell, where Munguia was fast asleep. Upon arrival, Jimenez opened the door for Acosta and Lopez, who fatally shot the victim while he slept on the couch. Then, the group fled the scene.
An hour later, Vasquez and Jimenez returned to the residence, pretending to be shocked at Munguia’s demise, and called authorities to report the crime, reported FOX 5.
Later, Vasquez’s three co-defendants pleaded guilty and testified for the state against the defendant. Meanwhile, authorities still don’t know the motive behind the killing.
The investigation of the case involved the Cobb County Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.