A man traveled across half the country to visit his boyfriend. There, he stabbed the victim nearly 100 times.
Now, the lover-turned-killer faces spending life in prison.
Recently in a federal court in Texas, Alexander Yoichi Duberek, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate domestic violence resulting in death. He was indicted in September 2021 and accused of killing his boyfriend.
Sentencing is set for a later date and Duberek faces life in prison.
Duberek admitted that on Oct. 31, 2020, he traveled from his San Diego home to his boyfriend’s home in Plainview, Texas.
The killer took a plane to the Lone Star State and then a cab to a Sam’s Club parking lot. There, he bought a Toyota Camry for $3,000 in cash, according to federal prosecutors. He then drove to a Walmart, where he bought a knife, a hatchet, a gas can, a collapsible shovel, a change of clothing and a first-aid kit.
Duberek and the boyfriend were in the car on the side of a rural farm road when the killer stabbed the victim 93 times to death.
A motive for the killing hasn’t been released.
Duberek dumped the body and fled to Houston, where he sold the vehicle outside an auto auction, prosecutors noted. Investigators later searched the vehicle and found the victim’s blood in the car.
The killer was free for five months after the murder before turning himself in to police.
Police asked Duberek about a tattoo of his boyfriend’s name on his ring finger, prosecutors said. He said it was the name of the person he killed.
“This defendant plotted the murder of an innocent young man, methodically purchasing equipment, locating a stretch of desolate road, and stabbing the victim nearly eight dozen times,” said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. “Not every brutal domestic homicide falls within federal jurisdiction, but when it does, we are determined to use whatever tools we have to bring the perpetrator to justice. Mr. Duberek now faces the possibility of a life behind bars pondering his evil act.”
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