It’s kind of interesting that this case isn’t being angled as a “MySpace murder,” considering some of the evidence that lead to conviction.
Rachel Wade, now 20, was sentenced today to 27 years in jail for the stabbing death of another young woman with whom she was competing for a young man’s affections. Wade was convicted in late July for the murder of 18-year-old Pinellas Park High senior Sarah Ludemann following an escalation of “bad blood” between the two teens over a shared boyfriend. 19-year-old Joshua Comacho had relationships with both girls, and fathered a baby with a third girl unrelated to the case.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone cited lack of remorse on Wade’s part as well as the impact of Ludemann’s death when he opted not to sentence the defendant to time served. The jury took three hours to convict Wade on July 23rd, and among evidence presented were voicemails suggesting premeditation:
Rachel is heard saying, “Please tell me Sarah why you would be a dumb-a** c**t and put a brand new picture of you and Josh at the beach on your MySpace. Seriously, I told you to watch your f***ing back and not to f***ing chill with him. I’m guaranteeing you that I’m going to f***ing murder you, I’m letting you know that now.”
The jury fell silent after the messages were played in court, and Rachel began crying.