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Florida Man Kills Pregnant Wife, Then Tries To Frame Her For Her Father's Murder, Police Say

Cassandritz Blanc shot his wife because she "disrespected" him, police say. That was only the start of her family's ordeal. 

By Jon Silman

A Florida man killed his pregnant wife and father-in-law, then tried to use her cellphone to make it look like she commited her father's murder, authorities said.

Cassandritz Blanc, 22, shot his wife Martine Bernard, 20, on June 4 because she "disrespected" him, according to police records cited by the Sun Sentinel. Five days later, he shot and killed her father, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, police said.

Blanc admitted to the crimes, detectives said, but didn't give a motive for the second slaying.

Blanc texted himself from his wife's phone to make it seem like she was still alive, police said. He also admitted to sending a text from her phone to make it appear as though she confessed to murdering her father.

Blanc's wife was six months pregnant when she was killed, and Blanc left her body in their Fort Lauderdale apartment for eight days, police said.

Blanc killed his father-in-law while at his in-law's house, according to the Miami Herald. He fatally shot Roosevelt Bernard in Martine's old room as his mother-in-law, Yvrose Bernard, was showering, then locked the door to the bedroom. Blanc later told her Roosevelt Bernard stepped out to talk to a Hispanic man, according to police.

After Yvrose Bernard left the house with another daughter, police said, Blanc returned to the empty house, put the body in a trash can and took it to an empty field. He later set it on fire.

The family reported Roosevelt Bernard missing, because they found his wallet, keys and cellphone in the home, but he wasn't to be found. They also noticed a trash can was missing and what looked like blood on the door of the room where he was killed.

According to police, a neighbor's surveillance camera captured Blanc returning to the family house minutes after they'd departed. He would later be seen rolling a garbage from the house toward the lot where Roosevelt Bernard's burnt remains were found. 

Police wanted to question Blanc and told him to come, along with with his wife,  to meet authorities on June 11. He said his wife didn't want to come. Police started monitoring him and caught him transporting his dead wife's body in garbage bags before dawn on June 12. He was arrested the same day.

Blanc does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Sun Sentinel. He's charged with two counts of premeditated murder and two counts of abusing corpses. He's being held without bond in the Broward County Jail.

[Photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office]

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