Green-Eyed Killers: Patrick De La Cerda (Crime & Investigation, 12 June 2024)

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An upcoming episode of Green-Eyed Killers explores the tragic murder of 25-year-old Patrick De La Cerda, who was shot and killed at his home in Deltona, Florida, on February 27, 2018. The episode, titled “Patrick De La Cerda,” airs on Crime & Investigation on Wednesday, 12 June 2024, at 9:00 pm.

Patrick De La Cerda was eagerly awaiting a special package containing an engagement ring for his fiancée, Jessica Devnani. However, his life was abruptly cut short when he was ambushed and shot four times on his own doorstep. Devastated by the loss, Devnani recalled her growing worry when she didn’t receive her usual morning call from De La Cerda and subsequently discovered him lying in a pool of blood.

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Investigators faced challenges in identifying a suspect, but Devnani directed their attention to her ex-boyfriend, Gregory Bender. He had been sending threatening messages to the couple, fueled by jealousy. A restraining order had been issued, and Bender was required to relinquish his extensive gun collection. The investigation took a pivotal turn when Bender’s ex-wife, Daymara Sanchez, disclosed the existence of notes in his spiral notebook that appeared to outline a murder plan.

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Despite Bender dismissing these notes as mere “fantasies,” Sanchez’s tip held enough weight to secure a search warrant. In Bender’s trash bin, investigators uncovered crumpled pieces of paper with detailed notes outlining a plan to murder De La Cerda, including his address, entry instructions, and evidence disposal strategies. Ammunition and a shell casing matching those at the crime scene were also found.

Bender was arrested and stood trial, with his attorney arguing that the notes were purely fantastical. Nonetheless, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Green-Eyed Killers: Patrick De La Cerda airs on Wednesday, 12 June 2024, at 9:00 pm on Crime & Investigation.

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