A 21-year-old military academy graduate has been charged with murdering a married DC lawyer during a “sexual encounter” and robbery gone bad after she was identified on surveillance video at the hotel. Jamyra Gallmon was charged with first-degree felony murder while armed for the killing of 30-year-old David Messerschmitt, a lawyer and husband from Washington DC.
NBC News reports that David Messerschmitt was found dead in his upscale Donovan Hotel room. Messerschmitt was found after his wife, Kim Vuong, reported her husband missing. Police say Messerschmitt was savagely stabbed to death in what appears to be a “sexual encounter” and robbery turned murder. Vuong pleaded with the public to help identify the woman from the surveillance video taken from inside the hotel during the time of the February murder. It seems the pleading has finally paid off, as Jamyra Gallmon, the alleged woman from the footage, is now under arrest for the murder of Messerschmitt.
Fox News notes that Gallmon was arrested on Wednesday, leaving her family, friends, and former teachers in shock. People close to 21-year-old Gallmon say she was a graduate from Forestville Military Academy, where she excelled. The bright student was considering a career in the military. Friends and former teachers of the accused murderer say she was “a normal teenage girl” and never exhibited any signs that she was troubled.
Vincent McDuffie, a coach and teacher at Forestville Military Academy, says that Gallmon was “real low key” and a “real calm individual.” He notes that Gallmon was considering playing basketball in college until a knee injury. However, despite the injury, Gallmon took numerous college prep courses and had a supportive family.
“Jamyra was a wonderful person, she was a wonderful student. Real low key, real calm individual. She was a normal student. She was a normal teenaged girl. Jamyra’s family, her mom, her brother, they were very supportive during her high school years. They showed up to the games. They were part of the family.”
Despite the kind words from those who know Gallmon, police say they have video surveillance, fingerprints, and other pieces of evidence that place the woman at the scene of the crime. The motive, according to police, was robbery. Police say that Gallmon went to the hotel for a “sexual encounter” but it ended in murder after a failed robbery attempt.
“The affidavit says credit cards, an HP computer, lubricant, condom, enema, cell phone, bedding, watch, towel, curtain and swabs were some of the evidence seized in the search. Fingerprints were also found in the room.”
Messerschmitt’s widow says she is thankful for the hard work by the police to identify the suspect and that she appreciates their “hard work and continued diligence.”
“I have faith that the police and the courts will bring justice to David and all who loved him. I will have no further comment until his case is resolved and I continue to ask for privacy for me and family.”
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