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A Wisconsin man is on trial for allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Zachariah Anderson, 42, is accused of bloodily assaulting victim Rosalio Gutierrez Jr., 40, at the victim’s home on May 17, 2020. You can see the process in the video above.
Authorities never found Gutierrez’s body. Defender Nicole Müller noted this in the opening speeches on Tuesday. She interpreted this as a major weakness of the state. Law enforcement doesn’t know what happened to Gutierrez’s body, she said. They don’t know where “alleged remains” are. There are no witnesses that Anderson was at the address of Guttierrez’s home on May 17. There are no witnesses to suggest he was suspicious or covered in blood, she said.
no body No human remains. No reference to cleaning up a crime scene.
“You don’t get any of this,” she said.
But Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley painted a picture of Anderson as a jealous, controlling ex-boyfriend. The prosecutor told jurors that Sadie Beacham, the mother of the defendant’s three children, broke up with him because of his behavior – he came and went from her home as he pleased, he did not make a regular financial contribution, and so on. Although she allowed him to have contact with her children, “she was ready to move on,” Graveley said.
She met Gutierrez, the father of two, through a dating website. But Anderson was reportedly overcome with jealousy and was in control. He spied on Beacheam and even used her older daughter (who was 11 and 12 during this whole ordeal) to help spy on them.
“I did it to please him,” the child told investigators, according to prosecutors.
One day before the daughter’s 12th birthday, Beacham’s children would spend time at their father’s house. Beacham invited Gutierrez to his home. He joined her. And in the middle of the night she woke up to hear a doorbell. She looked out and saw a vehicle that looked like Anderson’s “squeak away,” the prosecutor said.
According to the state, the daughter said her father brought her with her to the incident. Anderson reportedly planted a listening device in an air vent at the residence, and he peered through the windows, letting his daughter look too. Inside, the girl saw her mother and a person she had not seen before, prosecutors said. Anderson reportedly warned them not to fog up the window or the others inside would see it.
Meanwhile, her 4-year-old twin siblings were left at home unattended, the state said.
“I didn’t find it safe,” she said, according to prosecutors.
Anderson rang the doorbell as a gesture to show he was in control, Graveley said.
After this incident, Beacham and Gutierrez discovered that Gutierrez’s truck had been entered. A letter and a car license were taken from the truck, prosecutors said.
According to the state, Anderson admitted to law enforcement that he had a “premonition” that something was going on at the residence. He allegedly denied setting up a listening device, but insisted he actually took the twins there. The prosecutor emphasized that the incident happened in the middle of the night.
In relation to spying efforts, the defendant purchased auto-tracking devices with voice-activated recording, the state said.
Anderson would allegedly say ugly things about Gutierrez, like calling him racist language like “b-ner.”
Meanwhile, Beacham was hoping that this relationship with Gutierrez — so far not exclusive — could become something more serious. It meant a lot to her that he was finally introducing her to his children: an 8-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. Gutierrez was an “enthusiastic” baseball coach for his son, the prosecutor said.
“Watching his son play baseball was one of the real joys of his life,” Graveley said.
Beacham, Gutierrez and his kids went out for ice cream.
“This is a really significant moment in her life,” the prosecutor said.
And it was the last time she saw Gutierrez. Their relationship had reached a point where they were in contact multiple times a day, so it was strange when he suddenly stopped communicating. Beacham drove from Milwaukee to Gutierrez’s home in Kenosha. There she found his sliding door open and the scene closed. She looked inside and found a horrible scene. The state said there was blood everywhere in the apartment. It was even on the ceiling in several rooms. Blood was located on areas such as the dining table, kitchen counter, laptop and pooled in the entryway area, the state said.
There was a small piece of wood with Gutierrez’s blood and hair on it. There were splinters of wood and strands of hair on the couch. There was significant amounts of blood on the curtains. Blood seeped into the carpet and a couch. Graveley noted that a rectangular area was left “untouched”. He suggested that an area rug be removed.
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