Two had plot to kill, police say
Couple facing charge of murder
A man is accused of plotting with his fiancee to kill another man with a lug wrench, stripping the victim’s clothes before dumping the body, and stealing his Jeep Cherokee and his debit card, according to an arrest affidavit.
Nathan David Dennis and Sadie Patricia Camis, both 28 and residing at 2907 3/4 Sandra Ave., Apt. A, are being held at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation and felony murder in connection with the death of 38-year-old Rigoberto Luna. The couple was arrested at their apartment in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday.
Aaron Ungles, 26, 180 Edlun Road, was also arrested during the investigation on suspicion of six counts of identity theft and misdemeanor theft.
Luna’s body was discovered Oct. 22 around 11:30 a.m. by a passer-by, face down under a tree at the dead end of 29 3/4 Road, just north of B 1/2 Road. An autopsy showed Luna died from strangulation.
It was Ungles who told investigators that Dennis articulated a need to “get rid of” Luna just after midnight Oct. 21, according to the affidavit.
Camis, who knew Luna, had called Luna asking for a ride while the trio had partied together earlier on Oct. 20 at a local bar. Camis and Dennis smoked marijuana and used methamphetamine before seeking a ride from Luna, the affidavit said.
“(Aaron) stated that Sadie was involved in the plan and said she would give a signal and then Nathan and Aaron were to jump the man,” the affidavit said. “Aaron thought Nathan may have been angry with the man because the man had been flirting with and touching Sadie.”
The affidavit said Ungles told investigators he was sitting behind Camis, who was driving Luna’s Jeep Cherokee as Luna was sitting in the front passenger seat around the time of the assault. Dennis was sitting behind Luna. A fifth occupant, Lindsay Peters, Ungles’ girlfriend, sat in the middle half of the back seat.
Ungles’ statement continued: “Nathan waited for Sadie’s signal, but she never gave a signal. Nathan finally decided not to wait any longer for the signal, grabbed a star or box-style lug wrench, put it in front of (Luna’s) neck and started to strangle him from behind, using the wrench on the male’s neck,” the affidavit said.
Camis continued driving as the assault happened, Ungles told investigators.
Peters insisted she tried to make Dennis stop, “but Aaron grabbed her and told her to stop and that they did not want to be involved,” the affidavit said.
They drove around for some time before stopping off B 1/2 Road. Ungles told investigators Dennis and Camis removed Luna’s pants and shoes before dumping his body. Another witness reported Dennis and Camis started to “make out” before removing the clothes.
Ungles kept a red hat belonging to Luna, while admitting to investigators he took Luna’s debit card and made several ATM withdrawals.
“(Aaron) said he received around $300 from the card and gave all the money to Nathan,” the affidavit said.
Ungles claimed he only used the card to fill the gas tank in his mother’s car.
“Aaron described that Nathan has a fireplace at his home and Aaron was not present, but was led to believe Nathan burned the credit card in the fireplace. Aaron speculated that Nathan and Sadie also burned the victim’s shoes and pants in the fireplace.”
County Court Judge Craig Henderson on Monday ordered Dennis jailed on $200,000 bond. The judge set bond at $100,000 in Camis’ case.
Public defender Thea Reiff told the judge Dennis and Camis are engaged to be married and enrolled in the fall semester as students at Colorado Mesa University. Dennis had aspired to be an X-ray technician, Reiff said.
Camis, a certified nursing assistant, was living with Dennis with her 11-year-old daughter, Reiff told the judge.