During the trial for suspected New Jersey murderer Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, prosecutors detailed how one of his three alleged victims asked him if he was a serial killer shortly before she died.
Wheeler-Weaver searched online for information on date rape drugs during the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2016, prosecutors say. Less than two hours, he offered 20-year-old college student Sarah Butler $500 for sex, according to the North Jersey Record.
"Wow,” she responded over a social media app called Tagged, according to the outlet. “You’re not a serial killer, right?”
Just 10 days later, her body was found in Eagle Rock Reservation, covered by leaves and sticks.
Wheeler-Weaver stands accused of murdering three women, including Butler, during the fall of 2016; he was 20 at the time. He’s also accused of trying to kill a fourth victim, referred to in court as"T.T.", who testified against him during his trial. Prosecutors say all the crimes were sexually motivated.
In addition to Butler, Wheeler-Weaver is accused of killing 19-year-old sex-worker Robin West and Joanne Browne, 33. Both West and Browne were found dead inside abandoned buildings. The body where West was found had been set on fire, according to the North Jersey Record.
Newark Police Lt. Michael Krusznis testified Thursday that the suspected serial killer made numerous searches during his alleged killing spree, including “How to make homemade poisons to kill humans” and, “What chemical could you put on a rag and hold to someone’s face to make them go to sleep immediately,” according to the North Jersey Record. Prosecutors put forth hundreds of pages of evidence that they argue prove Wheeler-Weaver searched for ways to contact women for sex, for date-rape drugs, in addition to poisons at the time of the killings.
Additionally, Wheeler-Weaver, now 23, also researched how he could become a police officer, according to prosecutors. He is the stepson of a police detective and worked as a hotel security guard.
“He doesn’t look like someone who would’ve done something like this,” Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Wells said at the outset of the trial, NJ.com reported. "But you’re going to see the evidence that says he did.”
The trial started in mid-October.
Wheeler-Weaver was caught in December 2016 after Butler's family logged into her social media accounts and make a fake profile to lure him, which led to his police capture.
"There are many courageous people in this case but we were particularly aided by the help of Sarah Butler’s family and friends who used her social media to help us in our investigation," Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Katherine Carter previously told Oxygen.com.
Wheeler-Weaver has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of desecration of human remains, attempted murder, aggravated arson, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping.
“This case is about justice for four women," Carter told Oxygen.com.
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