A Texas truck driver who used a spycam to catch his wife cheating on him and later killed her and her boyfriend, was sentenced to life in prison this week.
Jordy Husein Suljanovic, 46, was dealt a life sentence without the possibility of parole in the 2018 murders of his wife, Adriana Perez, 41, and her boyfriend, Omar Santamaria-Ruiz, 33, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced, KTRK-TV reported. He was convicted on capital murder charges on Tuesday following an eight-day trial.
On Oct. 2, 2018, Suljanovic gunned down Perez and Santamaria-Ruiz after he caught the pair having sexual relations in real-time using a “secret” camera he’d covertly installed at the couple’s Houston home. According to investigators, the truck driver was notified of the salacious recording while he was away from the home working on a long-haul job. Suljanovic later returned to his home where he shot and killed Perez and Santamaria-Ruiz in the closet of the master bedroom, prosecutors said.
“When he saw his 41-year-old wife and her 33-year-old lover at the house, he returned home and killed both of them, waking their children in the middle of the night with the gunshots,” prosecutors said in a statement this week.
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Officials say Suljanovic later enlisted his son and accomplice, Jordy Suljanovic Jr., to assist in disposing of his own mother’s body, as well as the remains of Santamaria-Ruiz. The pair drove to Louisiana following the double-murder where they dumped the victims’ corpses. Santamaria-Ruiz’s body was left in the woods near Natchitoches. Suljanovic Jr. admitted to dumping Perez’s body by the Atchafalaya River near Baton Rouge, police said.
In 2022, Suljanovic Jr., pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in the case. He was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the grisly killings.
Following the murders, Suljanovic, a one-time refugee, had attempted to flee with his family to Mexico City, and later back to his native Bosnia after learning he’d been charged with murder. He was arrested in London and was later extradited back to Texas to face charges, according to KTRK-TV.
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“This man killed two people, including the mother of his children, and tried to flee the country to escape responsibility,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “We know that domestic violence can escalate to murder, and that is why it is so important to seek justice for the victims in cases like this.”
Prosecutors noted that Suljanovic had a long history of domestic abuse involving his slain wife prior to her murder.
"She had been verbally and physically abused by him. And since she was born and raised in Mexico, she didn’t have citizenship of her own and probably didn’t feel like she could leave, she couldn’t go anywhere," Assistant District Attorney Lauren Bard said, FOX 26 Houston reported.