The wife of an Army sergeant killed in December admitted that she planned his killing together with another man, communicating on Snapchat in an attempt to hide their communications, according to statements she made to police.
Kemia Hassel, 22, told police that she spent months planning her husband’s death in order to be with someone else, St. Joseph Township Police Officer Mike Lanier testified in Berrien County Trial Court Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Hassel and co-defendant Jeremy Cuellar, 24, both pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree, premeditated murder in the death of U.S. Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III, 23, on New Years Eve.
Both defendants are headed to trial after the case was bound over following a preliminary examination Wednesday. Judge Sterling R. Schrock presided over the hearing after the originally scheduled judge fell ill Wednesday morning.