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Man May Face Death Penalty for Killing Chaldean in Apartment Robbery
By joe acho :: Thursday, November 27, 2008 :: 63686 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

California, USA –   One Chaldean family hopes to find closure after murder suspect is arrested for killing their son.  Jeremy Allen Wessels, 32, is charged with the shooting death of David Binno, 24, in Binno's Spring Valley apartment in September 1994.  The apartment theft of gold jewelry and murder may lead to the death penalty. 

Two men accused of murdering their Chaldean friend in 1994 joked beforehand of killing him “for the heck of it,” a former girlfriend testified yesterday.

El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert J. Exarhos ruled there was sufficient evidence to try Wessels with the special-circumstance allegation that Binno was gunned down during a burglary.

Weasels is accused of the killing and is only now standing trial on a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty, the judge ruled Tuesday. Wessels is being held in jail in lieu of $2 million bail pending a Nov. 19 hearing to set a trial date.

Prosecutors have declined to say why the murder investigation took so long. A former girlfriend, Monica Cervantes went to authorities with information about Binno's death in 1996.

Cervantes testified that on Sept. 16, 1994, the day Binno was killed, she was visiting a friend in Chula Vista. She said Wessels arrived in the early evening and his accomplice handed her a bag containing a gold necklace and bracelet that belonged to Binno.

“He said it was David's gold,” Cervantes testified. “He said he had just killed David.”

A few days after the slaying, Cervantes said they told her details of how he and Wessels killed Binno.  She said Wessels went to Binno's Spring Valley apartment and once inside, Wessels began wrestling with Binno. Cervantes said she didn't know the motive for the slaying.

Questioned by defense lawyer Timothy Richardson, Cervantes said she didn't tell police what she knew until two years after Binno was killed and she had broken up.

Cervantes said her relationship had been marked by violence. She said he beat her, verbally abused her and at one point threatened to kill her by firing a gun in front of her face as they rode in his truck after she threatened to leave him.

Wessels wasn’t arrested in connection with Binno's death until September, though Cervantes first told police in 1996 that they had admitted to her that they had killed him.

Deputy District Attorney Brock Arstill declined to say why it took so long to make an arrest because he said the investigation is ongoing.

Mother of God Church, MI USA

 

Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235
Email:
MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Pastor:
Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti
 


 MASS SCHEDULE
Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

 1st Friday, Sodality Prayers 11 AM – 12 PM
1st Saturday, Immaculate Heart Sodality Prayers 4:00 PM

TEAM NAME:
Mother of God Guardian Angels

SERVICES:
Communion & Catechism School
Chaldean Language School
Hall Rental
Wedding Services
Baptism Services
Funeral Services

CHURCH GROUPS:
Monday: Family Bible Study 8:00 P.M. Upper Hall
Friday: Young Adult English Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Wednesday: Young Adult Arabic Bible Study 7:30 P.M. Lower Hall
Prayer Groups
Our Lady Social
Ur of the Chaldees
Knights of Columbus
Mass Servers
Youth Choir
Adult Choir
Family Fun Friday
Friday Friends
Communications Ministry
Chaldean Teens Coming Together
Performance Ministry
Gift Store
Library and Research
Social Ministry & Support
Chaldean Language Classes
Fishers of Men
 


 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. 

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