Wheeler-Weaver is accused of brutally killing three women and attempting to slay the fourth back in the fall of 2016 – but 20-year-old college student Sarah Butler would be his final victim, prosecutors claim. Less than two hours before they met for the first time on November 19, 2016, the defendant searched the internet looking up information about date rape-drugs and homemade poison.
‘You’re not a serial killer, right?’ she texted before she left her house-for the last time.
Prosecutors say that’s exactly what he was. https://t.co/lWnF8KUXzG
— Jessi (@OlMumsyJess) November 11, 2019
Wheeler-Weaver is 23 Years old.
Wheeler-Weaver Text ‘You’re not a serial killer, right?’
One of the victims of a New Jersey man’s alleged 2016 killing spree text him just hours before she died asking the then 20-year-old if he was a serial killer, prosecutors have revealed. Prosecutors say he then solicited Butler forvia the social media app Tagged, offering her $500 to go through with his request.
‘Wow,’ she responded to Wheeler-Weaver on the app. ‘You’re not a serial killer, right?’
Ten days later, Butler’s body was found in the Eagle Rock Reservation nature reserve covered by leaves and detritus. An autopsy would later show that she’d been strangled to death.
Wheeler-Weaver’s cell phone searches
On Thursday, prosecutors unveiled hundreds of pages of records detailing how Wheeler-Weaver used his cellphone to investigate how to create homemade drugs powerful enough to knock someone unconscious.
The details connecting Wheeler-Weaver’s cell phone searches, interests in deadly poisons, and his attempts to contact other women forwere heard in a full day of testimony in Newark’s Superior Court on Thursday.
In addition to killing Butler, the 23-year-old is also accused of slaying 19-year-oldworker Robin West and Joanne Browne, 33, while also attempting to kill another woman – referred to as ‘T.T in court documents – who testified against him at trial.
Investigators say the three murders – and fourth attempted case – were all sexually motivated.
Wheeler-Weaver murder past summary
In early December, police apprehended Wheeler-Weaver for the murder of 20-year-old college student Sarah Butler and have since been indicted on 11 counts including kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and desecration of human remains. When he was first caught, his alleged modus operandi was only beginning to taking shape – according to NBC New York
The disappearance of Sarah Butler
Butler, who also worked as a lifeguard at the local YMCA and was a second-year student at New Jersey City University, was an exception to the rule, prosecutors said.
After she disappeared, her friends and family launched a sting operation that would eventually identify Wheeler-Weaver as the prime suspect and see him apprehended for the months-long crime spree that took place in abandoned houses and budget motels across northern New Jersey.
Wheeler-Weaver has admitted that he was with each of the murder victims shortly before they disappeared but denies responsibility for their deaths.
His attorneys say each of the victims ‘put themselves in vulnerable positions’ and said their client was fully cooperative with law enforcement throughout their investigation, which they argued is ‘not the conduct of a guilty individual’.
Fast Facts You Must Need to Know about Wheeler-Weaver
- Wheeler-Weaver, 23, is accused of brutally killing three women and attempting to slay the fourth back in the fall of 2016- his last victim was Sarah Butler, 20
- Less than two hours before they met for the first time on November 19, 2016, the defendant searched the internet looking up information about date rape-drugs
- Prosecutors say he then solicited Butler forvia the social media app Tagged, offering her $500 to go through with his request
- Ten days later, Butler’s body was found in the Eagle Rock Reservation nature reserve, covered by leaves and detritus
- In addition to Butler, the 23-year-old is also accused of slaying 19-year-oldworker Robin West and Joanne Browne, 33, while also attempting to kill another
- Investigators say the four incidents were all sexually motivated
- Prosecutors say the accused purposely targeted young black women who turned towork to cope with mental health issues or homelessness
- Wheeler-Weaver was indicted on three counts of murder in February 2017, when Butler’s family set up a sting operation on social media and lured him to police