Student strangles best friend after she dismissed lesbian fling as experiment

Student strangles best friend after she dismissed lesbian fling as experiment
Published: 2015 July 05 18:53:13 (5972 Views)
Student Jessica Ewing killed her friend and fellow student Samanata Shrestha after her high hopes for a romantic evening were thwarted.

Lesbian Jessica had a big crush on her female friend, so had worn a dress to look her best and brought wine to be a gracious guest.

But when Samanata opened the door wearing jogging bottoms, it was clear she didn’t have the same expectations. What lay ahead was a night of disappointments that would end in murder.

Jessica, 24, and Samanata, also known as Sam, 21, were both students at Virginia Tech in Virginia, USA.

Jessica and Samanata had met a handful of times and had once shared a kiss. But Sam had a boyfriend, Scott, who had already graduated.

He knew about the kiss and they’d both put it down to harmless sexual experimentation. Sam had simply been curious – while Jessica was head over heels in love.

Samanata invited Jessica over to her flat for a home-cooked meal on 7 February 2014.

Jessica excitedly saw the night as a date, and a text she sent another friend at 3am on the morning of the dinner showed she was feeling the pressure.

It said, "Tomorrow night is worrisome… I can’t stop this idea, it slowly creeped its way to consume my black heart. I want to… let someone else decide, but I’ve already etched it in history."

When asked what the message meant Jessica replied saying it was "just nonsense".

Later Jessica would say the text referred to the possibility of sex with Samanata.

When Jessica arrived at Sam’s flat looking her best, she was disappointed to find Sam wearing jogging bottoms and a T-shirt. Eventually she changed into a dress, but Jessica was already irritated.

Sam had cooked a meal, but it was clear the ‘date’ wasn’t as special to her. After they ate, they had a whipped cream fight and built a fort out of blankets.

Jessica later said they’d ‘experimented sexually’, but she quickly realised Sam wasn’t serious and they started to argue.

While Jessica had deep feelings for her friend, Sam said the night had simply been an experiment.

Rejected Jessica lashed out, calling Sam spoilt because her parents paid for her flat and her car. In a rage, she strangled Sam to death. There were also blunt force injuries on her head and body.

Jessica stuffed Sam’s unclothed body into a sleeping bag, then dumped her in the back of her Mercedes car.

Back at home, Jessica wrote in her diary: "What the hell is my future going to be? An eternity in prison? Death penalty?" On another page she scribbled "Gasoline – must be done tonight!" suggesting she was considering setting fire to the body. But instead she gave the car keys to her friend, Keifer Brown, who drove the car to a different location.

Meanwhile, Sam was reported missing. While police started their search, Jessica went to her regular bible study class and admitted to a friend that she’d killed someone.

"They were a good person," she admitted. Together they phoned Jessica’s parents and she confessed, prompting them to drive the six hours to their daughter.

Three days after her murder, Sam’s body was found in her abandoned Mercedes – along with a teddy bear and a scarf.

There were claw marks and abrasions on Sam’s face and neck where she’d tried to fight for air.

Jessica and her friend Keifer were arrested the same day. The tale of the ‘date night that went wrong’ became salacious gossip around Virginia Tech campus, while Sam’s loved ones were distraught at the loss of such a talented young woman.

Jessica admitted she’d been upset that Sam hadn’t made an effort that fateful night. She said she’d called the victim a "spoilt b*tch" after Sam had told her she was "toying" with her.

"I loved Sam – I couldn’t believe she would say that I was some experiment to her," Jessica said on the stand. "It hit me where I was most hurt. I made the most horrible decision to cover it all up. I wish I had just called 911, but at that point it was too late."

Jessica insisted she had used her arms in a chokehold to strangle Sam – a crime with a lesser sentence. But the prosecution said she’d used a scarf. Sam’s devastated mum, Rajshree, listened to details of her daughter’s final night in tears.

Judge Robert Turk sentenced Jessica to 80 years for first-degree murder, and five years for transporting and concealing a body. She will serve 45 years before the rest of the sentence is suspended. She will also remain on probation for 20 years after her release.

Keifer Brown pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour accessory for driving Sam’s car, knowing that her body was in the back seat. He was sentenced to a year in prison with all but 28 days suspended.

Source - Mirror

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