A Georgia man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his wife because she wouldn’t have sex with him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After a two-day trial earlier this week, a jury found Fernando Guzman-Perez guilty of murdering Yamilet Rodriguez-Vences, whose body was found in orange-colored trash bags amongst tires in woods behind her husband’s work.
Guzman-Perez also was found guilty of concealing the death of another.
According to police, Guzman-Perez sought to initiate sex with his wife in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 2015. She refused repeatedly and placed pillows between them in the bed.
After he continued to ask his wife why she wouldn’t have sex, Guzman-Perez said she put on a shirt and jeans and told him she was leaving. She said she would return the following day for their kids.
Guzman-Perez allegedly then directed his wife not to take her mobile phone because he had purchased it for her. She destroyed the phone and told him not to call their family or pastor because she would not be staying with them.
The wife then allegedly took $1,700 in cash and headed downstairs, when Guzman-Perez claims he tried to grab her arm and she tripped.
According to Guzman-Perez, the fall left the wife with a broken neck and no pulse. He says he then panicked and placed her body in the trash bags that he discarded behind his work place, an express oil change station.
The wife’s body was found a week later after her sister reported her missing.
Gwinnett County Medical Examiner, Dr. Carol Terry, challenged Guzman-Perez’s version of events, testifying in court that Rodriguez-Vences did not have any broken bones.
She said she could not identify how the wife died because the body was so decomposed, except that it was a homicide. Terry testified that she couldn’t eliminate asphyxiation as a cause because there was a plastic bag taped around the wife’s neck.
Guzman-Perez has been ordered to serve life in prison without parole.
[Feature Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office]