New York man sentenced to 27 years to life after killing wife, dismembering and bagging her remains

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A New York man who was convicted in 2018 of killing and dismembering a woman was sentenced to 27 years to life in a courtroom hearing on Friday.

Daquan Wheeler, in his thirties, was charged with murdering Lisa Marie Velasquez, 25, in 2018 after initially testifying that he did not commit the murder, only that he killed his girlfriend, Ciara Martinez, also in her thirties, helped hide the body, officials said.

However, a jury found Wheeler responsible for beating Velasquez with a hammer and killing her at least 14 times, after an argument in an apartment shared by Wheeler and Martinez, court documents show.

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The jury determined that Wheeler’s assault was an angry response to Velasquez allegedly calling 911 on him, and then he and Martinez dismembered the body, bagged her and dumped her remains in New York City parks, according to court officials. documents.

Ciara Martinez and Daquan Wheeler were arrested in connection with the death of Lisa Marie Velasquez.  The mugshots provided are from 2013 and 2017.

Ciara Martinez and Daquan Wheeler were arrested in connection with the death of Lisa Marie Velasquez. The mugshots provided are from 2013 and 2017.
(New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)

“It was a horrific series of acts against a woman who had come to the aid of her boyfriend who lived with the defendant,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a press release following the announced verdict, the New York City reported. Post.

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Clark added: “He beat the victim mercilessly with a hammer and then strangled her with a cord.”

Wheeler and Martinez were reportedly dating together and had a “tough time,” when she called Velasquez at the apartment on Aug. 23 for advice, the New York Post reported.

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Velasquez never returned home and her remains were found by police in two black bags in Crotona Park and Barretto Point Park in the days following the incident.

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