UPDATE: 4/22 1:40PM



Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife days after they were married.


Michel Escoto is found guilty of pre-meditated first degree murder.


Prosecutors argued Escoto had killed his bride in order to cash in on a one-million dollar life insurance policy.

He faces life in prison when sentenced May 7th.









UPDATE: 4/22 12:01am

The first-degree murder trial of a Miami-Dade man accused of drugging, strangling and beating to death his newlywed wife is entering its final phase.

The jury this morning will begin deliberating the fate of Michel Escoto.

During the more than month-long trial, the prosecution presented DNA and fingerprint evidence plus expert witnesses and Escoto's ex-girlfriend who all said he did it.

The ex-girlfriend testified she helped Escoto plot how he'd drug and drown Wendy Trapaga, but things didn't go as planned.

She said she drove with a blood-soaked Escoto from the Northwest Miami-Dade parking lot where Trapaga's body was found.

Escoto and his "stand-by" attorney claimed there's reasonable doubt and noted the DNA of three men was recovered from Trapaga's dress.

Escoto faces up to life in prison if convicted on all charges. 


The man accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married is stepping down as his own attorney.


Michel Escoto will have his stand-by attorney, Terence Lenamon, take over in his murder trial as closing arguments begin.


Escoto is accused of killing his bride to collect her $1 million life insurance policy.

Prosecutors say toxicology reports prove Escoto lied when he said he left his home after a fight with his new wife Wendy Trapaga.

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