An Arizona man is behind bars on murder charges after authorities say he confessed to the violent bludgeoning murder of his girlfriend. The details surrounding this case are shocking to say the least, according to a report on Raw Story.
The Arizona Republic obtained court documents, which read that 25-year-old Caleb Shaffery admitted to luring his girlfriend into a room, where he allegedly killed her with a roofing hammer. After admitting to killing the 19-year-old woman, shared a chilling remark behind why he killed the mother of his child. He told investigators that he had “dreamed of killing her for years.”
The Daily Mail reports that the incident took place on Sunday in the Phoenix home shared by the couple and their 3-year-old daughter. The Arizona man reportedly admitted to luring the 19-year-old woman into a room, leaving their toddler alone in another room. It was there that he began to bash her in the head using a roofing hammer he had obtained just days prior. He admitted to smashing her in the head with the hammer until her skull broke open, before stopping and stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Shaffery admitted to authorities that after he had killed the mother of his child, he took his 3-year-old daughter to a neighbor’s home, where he called his mother to confess to what he had done. After hanging up the phone with his mother, he immediately called 911 and turned himself in to authorities.
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It’s been reported that the victim, 19-year-old Veronica McGarvy, had recently ended her relationship with the Arizona man and had started dating one of his former work colleagues. However, it hasn’t been confirmed as to whether or not this was a motive behind her death. Shaffery did allegedly admit to authorities that he chose the roofing hammer to kill her because it seemed like “an efficient murder tool with less effort than using a knife.”
The Arizona man has been charged with first-degree murder, and has already appeared before a judge to be indicted. He reportedly stayed silent during the appearance. He is currently being held in Maricopa County on bond in the amount of $1 million.
This isn’t the first time a man has been accused of killing their lover with a hammer. An Arizona woman named Marissa DeVault was convicted last year in the murder of her husband. The violent incident took place in 2009, and involved the use of a claw hammer to end the life of a man that DeVault claimed was abusive. Nonetheless, she will spend the rest of her life behind bars.
In 2013, a Tennessee man admitted to killing his wife by repeatedly bashing her with a hammer. Morris Long admitted to using drugs before getting into a fight with his 21-year-old wife. The fight spiraled out of control and he killed her using a hammer. Earlier this year, a Missouri man was accused of bashing his wife in the head with a claw hammer during a dispute. The woman survived, and he was charged with domestic assault.
In the latest case surrounding the Arizona man, it’s not known how things could pan out for him. In the state of Arizona, a conviction of first-degree murder could carry the death penalty. Given the fact that he voluntarily confessed and turned himself in to authorities, a sentence applied to a possible conviction could vary. It’s also important to note that this man hasn’t been psychologically evaluated yet by a court-appointed expert.
[Image via Maricopa Co. mugshot]