COUNCIL CHRONICLE – On Monday night, 45-year-old Viusqui J. Perez-Espinosa, a 45-year-old Cuban butcher, was found guilty of second-degree murder. Perez-Espinosa’s verdict concluded a harrowing 6-day-long trial during which, the judge and judge had to review more than 1,000 exhibits related to the man’s murder. In 2016, the individual, who migrated to the US several years ago, slit his former girlfriend’s new lover’s throat, dismembered the body, and threw the body parts in the swamp.
Cuban Butcher Enticed Woman’s New Lover to Move in With Her
The details in the Cuban butcher’s case are beyond description, as one of the prosecutors pointed out. As revealed during Perez-Espinosa trial, the events that would eventually lead to the death of 27-year-old Ives Alexis Portales-Lara began in early September 2016 when the man’s 53-year-old Kenner girlfriend decided to put an end to the relationship with the Cuban butcher.
According to the prosecution, Perez-Espinosa and the woman shared the Kenner apartment and bed for the past 18 months. The man did not protest to the woman’s change of heart and agreed to move out of the apartment.
Meanwhile, Perez-Espinosa, who was employed as a fisherman and ship captain at a local company, befriended 26-year-old Ives Alexis Portales-Lara, a co-worker and a Honduras national who only recently moved in the United States.
The prosecution shows that Perez-Espinoza persuaded his much-younger co-worker to move into the woman’s apartment to help her with the bills. Portales-Lara and Perez-Espinoza’s former girlfriend agree, thus giving birth to a sickening love triangle that would culminate with the violent death of the 26-year-old Honduras man.
Soon after Portales-Lara moved in with the woman, Perez-Espinoza paid them a visit and asked the woman if he could move back in his former house. After consulting with Portales-Lara, the woman agreed, and the Cuban butcher moved back in.
However, the man poised on winning back the woman was not aware that she was involved in a secret relationship with Lara-Portales.
After making this discovery, the Cuban butcher waited for the man to leave home, and then attacked and raped the 53-year-old woman. Upon returning, Lara-Portales wrestled with Perez-Espinoza. However, the Cuban butcher overcame him, slit his throat, dismembered his body, transported the body parts to his car, and threw them in the swamp.
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