A man was mad that his girlfriend had planned to break up with him, so he beat her to death with a hammer. When police arrested him, they learned it wasn’t his first kill.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recently, Luis Moron Romero, 30, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas. He was also implicated in a second murder case.
Romero killed his girlfriend Maria Marquez in 2018 in the Houston area. She went to his home on Nov. 21 to end their relationship, prosecutors said.
He was arrested a few days after her death.
Romero later told police that he got angry with her and hit her in the head at least six times with a hammer, prosecutors said. He then wrapped her body in a carpet and put it in her own truck.
The killer then drove the remains to a nearby lot and abandoned it. Police found the truck later that night, prosecutors said.
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Police tracked her cell phone to Romero’s apartment and video surveillance showed her going into the apartment and Romero leaving with the body, prosecutors said.
“Once again we see that an abusive relationship can easily escalate to murder, and that is why we take all allegations of domestic violence so seriously,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Whatever you call it – domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse or intimate partner violence – it is all serious and can be deadly.”
After Romero was arrested, a tipster told police he was involved in a second murder. This one happened in February 2017 when he stabbed 56-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez to death, prosecutors said.
Romero put that victim’s remains in a car and drove it to an abandoned car wash.
DNA from the scene matched Romero to that crime, prosecutors said.
“This murder was horrific and she did not deserve to die like this,” Assistant District Attorney Anthony Osso said. “She had three daughters, she had grandkids, and she was a really family-oriented person.”
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