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Man May Face Death Penalty for Killing Chaldean in Apartment Robbery
By joe acho :: Thursday, November 27, 2008 :: 61473 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.

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.