Husband-Wife Love Triangle Cited in Double Homicide

17 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Anne Arundel police arrest woman, two teenagers in love-triangle slaying.

LOTHIAN, Md. (AP) — Police say a mother, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend have been charged with murder in the killing of the woman’s husband and a lover. Anne Arundel County police say the wife and her husband had been part of a love triangle with a women they let move into their basement over the summer.

The initial investigation began back on October 5, 2015 when 40-year-old Anthony Anastasi Jr. and 25-year-old Jacqueline Riggs were both found murdered inside a residence in the 600 block of West Bay front Road in Lothian. Upon arrival officers found a man, identified as 40-year-old Anthony Joseph Anastasi Jr., suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body in the master bedroom. Investigators have determined that during the summer of 2015, the victim’s wife, Ann Marie Anastasi and a 13-year-old girl plotted to have both victims killed. According to charging documents, Ann Anastasi, her 13-year-old daughter and Gabriel Struss all had cell phone text message conversations which detail the plot of the slayings and the day following the murder. Some of the text messages detail bring a gun to the crime scene and others indicate the 13-year-old girl taking the “fall” so Struss wouldn’t go to jail.

On the night of the murder, Ann Anastasi picked up Struss on October 4, 2015 and brought him to her home where the two victims were later killed, charging documents show. She told officers that the night before she, her husband and Riggs had been in the upstairs bedroom drinking alcohol and that Anthony and Riggs could be heard arguing later that night.

Anne Arundel State’s Attorney Wes Adams called the crime “distressing,” and alleged that Anastasi involved two teens in the plot, created a fake story and concealed evidence. Ann Anastasi, of Lothian, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with first degree murder two counts of second degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The Anastasis and Riggs, who lived in the couple’s basement, had previously been involved in a romantic and sexual relationship, according to court papers. Ann Anastasi told police that she got up the next morning and got their children off to school, with the exception of two — one who was taken to a dentist appointment and the other, 13-year-old Sara Anastasi, who she says was home sick from school. She says she and Sara went to the grocery store and when they returned, they found Anthony Anastasi in the bedroom, unresponsive with a handgun next to him.

According to the documents, investigators began to question Ann Anastasi and found her statements “inconsistent and misleading.” Forensic analysis showed that the bullet that killed Anthony Anastasi was not fired from the gun found next to his body. Police said in a statement that they believe Riggs had moved into the basement of the Anastasi residence over the summer,“which caused tension within the residence.” On Friday afternoon, family members and law enforcement were gathered inside the Anastasi’s brick-faced colonial.

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