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    Robin West (19), Joanne Browne (33) & Sarah Butler (20) were allegedly killed by Khalil Wheeler Weaver (22)

    https://www.nj.com/essex/2019/01/all...rs-allege.html

    A woman authorities say survived a murder attempt by an alleged New Jersey serial killer is alive only because she woke up in the middle of the attack, a Superior Court judge said Wednesday.

    The woman, identified on the court record only as ?T.T.,? had left an Elizabeth motel with Khalil Wheeler-Weaver in November 2016 after agreeing to have sex with him for money, prosecutors have alleged in filings referenced by the judge.

    After she was apparently drugged, she regained consciousness in handcuffs to find she was being sexually assaulted and choked in the back seat of the car, the judge said, reading from a summary of the case.

    Wheeler-Weaver, who is charged with the Elizabeth attack and in the murders of three women in Essex County that fall, will now stand trial April 1 in all four crimes after Judge Alfonse Cifelli on Wednesday denied a motion by the defense to split the case into separate trials.

    Wheeler-Weaver, 22, is accused of strangling Robin West, 19, Joanne Browne, 33, and Sarah Butler, 20, in separate killings between August and December 2016. In addition to murder and charges of desecrating human remains, he faces an aggravated arson charge for allegedly starting a fire to cover up West?s slaying. The Orange resident is also charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in the attack on the surviving victim.

    Wheeler-Weaver, who is represented by defense attorney Deirdre McMahon, had argued it would be prejudicial for a jury to hear evidence from all four crimes before deciding his guilt or innocence on any one count. The judge, however, ruled a single trial was permissible to allow Assistant Prosecutor Adam Wells to establish a common scheme or motive for the killings.

    Viewed as a singular incident, Cifelli said, it?s not clear why Wheeler-Weaver would have wanted to kill Butler, a Montclair resident who was a student at New Jersey City University. But viewed alongside the Elizabeth murder attempt and the killings of Browne and West, who was working as an escort, ?the motive becomes clear,? the judge said: the victims were each targeted for a perceived connection to the sex trade.

    Firefighters found West?s burned body when they responded to a house fire in Orange on Sept. 1, 2016. Browne, who was last seen getting into a car in Newark, was found dead that December inside a vacant home on Highland Avenue in Orange. She?d been strangled with a jacket, according to a detective?s affidavit, and her mouth and nose had been covered with tape.

    Wheeler-Weaver wasn?t charged in connection with any of the killings until after Butler?s body was discovered on Dec. 1, 2016, buried beneath leaves and debris at the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. But by that point, he?d been on investigators' radar for months.

    Police in Union, where West had been living, contacted Wheeler-Weaver as part of their missing persons investigation, after learning he had been seen picking her up. He not only admitted having been with her the night she disappeared, but also took detectives to an address where he claimed he had dropped her off ? less than two blocks from where West?s burned and then yet-to-be-identified body had been found.

    After Butler went missing and his number was found in her phone, Wheeler-Weaver later told Montclair detectives he had messaged her online looking for sex, and later spent a day with her driving around Essex County. As in West?s case, a Montclair detective testified Wheeler-Weaver took them on a drive through areas he said he visited with Butler.

    While McMahon argued her client' statements should be barred as evidence because he wasn?t advised of his Miranda rights, Cifelli ruled her client wasn?t a suspect in a criminal investigation ? merely a missing persons case ? when he voluntarily spoke with those officers.

    The judge also said he would allow prosecutors to introduce a video recording of Wheeler-Weaver speaking to Essex County detectives after his arrest in Butler?s death, comments which he made after explicitly waiving his Miranda rights.

    Cellphone and Google records are likely to play a significant role in the state?s case at trial, as the Essex County Prosecutor?s Office has said data from Wheeler-Weaver?s phone connected him to each of the crime scenes.
    This was supposed to have gone to trial earlier this year, but I cannot find anything showing it did, or any further updates.

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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...th/2527699001/

    At 3:52 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2016, Khalil Wheeler-Weaver used his phone to Google date-rape drugs.

    One hour and 53 minutes later, he used the same phone to solicit Sarah Butler for sex, offering $500. Butler was nervous.

    “Wow,” said Butler, 20, a college student who communicated with Wheeler-Weaver on a social media app called Tagged. “You’re not a serial killer, right?”

    Ten days later, Butler’s body was found under a pile of leaves and sticks in Eagle Rock Reservation.

    Details connecting Wheeler-Weaver’s cellphone searches for date-rape drugs, his interest in deadly poisons and his attempts to contact women for sex filled a day of testimony Thursday in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey. Wheeler-Weaver is accused of murdering three women and attempting to murder a fourth in a three-month killing spree in the fall of 2016.

    In court on Thursday, prosecutors introduced hundreds of pages of records detailing how Wheeler-Weaver used his cellphone to learn how to create drugs potent enough to knock a human being unconscious. He sought instructions to kill a person using household chemicals like bleach and ammonia.

    His searches included, “How to make homemade poisons to kill humans” and, “What chemical could you put on a rag and hold to someone’s face to make them go to sleep immediately," according to cellphone records and testimony by Newark Police Lt. Michael Krusznis.
    Sarah Butler, a 20-year-old college student, was strangled to death and her body dumped in New Jersey's Eagle Rock Reservation in 2016.

    Meanwhile, Wheeler-Weaver searched for ways to erase evidence online, according to testimony. “If I erase all the contents and settings will it track?” he typed, in an apparent reference to a cellphone’s location tracker.

    Interspersed with these searches, Wheeler-Weaver also sought information on how to become a police officer, Krusznis said, including a search for “Police entrance exam practice test.”

    Wheeler-Weaver grew up in a comfortable home in a middle-class neighborhood in Orange, New Jersey. His stepfather is a police detective, and his uncle is a police officer. Wheeler-Weaver worked as a security guard at a hotel and also at a grocery store.
    Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, who is charged in the deaths of three women in 2016, stands as the jury enters the court room in Essex County Superior Court.

    The crime spree appears to have begun on Aug. 31, 2016, when Robin West, 19, an alleged prostitute, was last seen. Her body was found Sept. 21 in an abandoned building that had been set on fire.

    Location tracking on Wheeler-Weaver's phone put him at the address of the house just before the fire. After driving away, he circled back to watch firefighters battle the blaze, the prosecutor said.

    The remains of a second alleged victim, 33-year-old Joanne Browne, were found on Dec. 5, 2016, at a vacant home. She had been struggling with homelessness and mental illness, her mother testified.

    The would-be fourth victim, "T.T.", testified during the trial about her terrifying ordeal, waking up in the back seat of her car with duct tape on her face and getting "choked back to sleep," said prosecutor Adam Wells said.

    Eventually she managed to loosen the tape by "screaming and crying," prosecutors said. She persuaded Wheeler-Weaver to take her to a motel to retrieve some belongings. There, she freed herself by locking herself alone inside a motel room.

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    Jesus. I'm surprised he didn't Google "how to be a serial killer". What a fucking dumb ass.

    How brave of T.T. to come forward and testify. I often hear about victim sex workers who are afraid to come forward, so good for her.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...years-rcna2656

    Serial killer lured on social media by a friend of a victim gets 160 years

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