Mikhail Chernyaev, 48, of Brooklyn, New York, is accused of killing Florida businessman Charles Butler, 46, in a jealous rage after Butler began dating his ex-girlfriend, 49-year-old Anna Lioznov.
Chernyaev stole the deceased man’s phone and began sending the woman messages, pretending that he was breaking up with her.
“Just forget about me,” Chernyaev texted from the deceased man’s phone, prosecutor Melissa Carvajal said during the trial.
Lioznov then sent a message back to her boyfriend’s phone, asking if they were still going to California together as planned. The murderer sent her a another message, pretending to be the dead man saying: “I just going to get back to work. Going back to Florida,” Carvajal said.
After her boyfriend “broke up” with her, Chernyaev was there to comfort her and the two reportedly had sex.
The two got back together for about eight months. The couple stayed together after Butler’s body was discovered in Brighton Beach.
Defence attorney Don Savatta said that the couple maintained an intimate relationship “both before and after the murder. It was an ongoing relationship,” he said.
Chernyaev and Lioznov have a child together. (radar.ng)