A man in the USA has been sentenced to life behind bars after he killed his pregnant wife and her father because she allegedly disrespected him.
Cassandritz Blanc was remanded in custody after he confessed to cops in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida State, USA, that he killed his wife Martine Bernard on 4th June, 2018.
The 27-year-old man also admitted to having known that she was six months pregnant at the time, at the final trial on Wednesday, 6th September.
The incident, according to Blanc, happened because the 20-year-old woman had “disrespected him”, which reportedly triggered him to hunt down her father Roosevelt Bernard five days later on 9th June.
Blanc reportedly travelled over to Martine’s parents’ home, but he could not bring himself to put an end to his father-in-law’s life face-to-face.
He then reportedly shot the 68-year-old man from behind. The man was found dead and burned just 80 steps away from his well-kept family home in Hollywood, Florida State.
Fort Lauderdale Police said: “He stated that he shot the victim from behind because he was not able to look into his eyes.”
Meanwhile, cops said they had attempted to reach Martine Bernard but she was nowhere to be found.
Hollywood Police Detective Ryan Rillo said in a court hearing on 4th August: “She was missing. She was pregnant.
“The family had not had voice contact with her for some time, only text contact, which they felt was odd.”
Blanc was arrested after cops suspected he had something to do with his wife’s disappearance, after they caught him carrying a flashlight and walking up to their unmarked patrol car on Tuesday, 12th June.
Rillo said: “He stops. He comes back to my car, takes a flashlight out and he starts looking in my car.
“He keeps going back and forth so we are for lack of a better term playing ring-around-the-rosey in my car.”
They later saw him dragging Martine’s dead body, which he had kept in the apartment for weeks, in a trash container and left it by the dumpster in an alleyway near their flat.
He said he tried to dismember her body to make it easier to dispose of, but he failed to remove any body parts.
Meanwhile, police were probing whether he also killed her father, which Blanc later confessed.
He told the officers that he followed Roosevelt into Martine’s old bedroom while his mother-in-law was showering.
Mrs Bernard came out of the shower only to find her husband gone and Blanc sitting on the sofa wearing gloves.
He reportedly told her that the 68-year-old never returned after he went out with a Hispanic man who knocked on the door and asked him to step outside and talk.
At court, Blanc confessed that he had made the story up, and that he moved Roosevelt’s body to a nearby field in a trash can, which he later set on fire using gasoline and matches.
He received three life terms for two counts of first-degree murder, and one count of first-degree murder of an unborn child.
The 27-year-old man additionally got two 15-year-terms for two counts of abuse of a dead body. He was not given the possibility of parole.
Broward State Attorney’s Public Information Officer Paula McMahon said: “After extensive discussions with the family of the victims, who stated they wanted this outcome and the finality it provides to them, prosecutors agreed to enter into this plea agreement.”