ZuZu Verk

Case Cracked: Man indicted for murdering TX student after plans for “romantic date”

Robert Fabian, the man who was dating Texas woman, ZuZu Verk, when he disappeared, was indicted on first-degree murder on Friday.

NBC reports that following Fabian’s indictment by a Brewster County, Texas,  grand jury, his bond amount was immediately increased from $750,000 to $925,000, including a $125,000 bond amount for an evidence tampering charge. He was arrested last month when the remains of his girlfriend, Verk, 22, were found on February 3, in a shallow grave close to Alpine, Texas, around 200 miles of El Paso.

Verk, a college student at at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, had been missing since October 11, and was last seen with Fabian at his Alpine apartment. Neighbors reported hearing them argue that evening, including loud bangs coming from Fabian’s apartment. Fabian told police that Verk left at around 3 a.m., but at 10 a.m., her car was still parked in front of his apartment.

According to Fabian, he planned to give Verk a back massage and a romantic dinner at his apartment that evening, but after an argument, Verk left and he never saw her again. Police stated that his story about the incident has changed several times.

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Authorities also arrested Chris Estrada, Fabian’s friend who’s accused of helping Fabian dispose of evidence and bury Verk’s remains. Both men deny any involvement.

Detectives are not revealing how Verk died, but her death is being treated as homicide. Verk is scheduled to be buried on Sunday, in Keller, Texas.

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