A Brazilian football star accused of killing his ex-lover to avoid child support payments has admitted she was murdered, dismembered and fed to dogs, but denied ordering the killing.
Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, is accused of conspiring with eight others – including his wife Dayane, an ex-police officer and a cousin – to have Eliza Samudio killed and fed to his pet Rottweilers, the New York Daily News reports.
Police allege De Souza ordered the 25-year-old Brazilian model's murder after she threatened to take legal action to force him to make payments to support their love child.
De Souza, who denies the charges, broke down in court in Mina Gerais, Brazil, yesterday as he told how his best friend Luiz Henrique Romao paid a hitman to kill the model.
The star Flemango goalkeeper told the court he learned of the murder from his younger cousin, Jorge Rosa, who had witnessed the killing.
De Souza reportedly wept as he told the jury that while he didn’t order her murder, he had "accepted" it and felt "guilty for her death".
Ms Samudio disappeared in June 2010 after claiming the star athlete fathered her baby after the pair had a fling at a 2009 "footballers' orgy".
The model gave birth to a boy in February 2010 but was allegedly pressured by the footballer to have an abortion.
Samudio was kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro and driven to a remote location where she was allegedly strangled and dismembered by ex-military policeman Marcos Santos.
Police claim De Souza watched as Santos tortured his ex-lover while playing loud music to conceal her screams, before helping them chop up her body.
Some of her body parts were fed to dogs while others were buried under concrete, prosecutors allege.
The pair's child was found abandoned in a Brazilian slum and is now in the custody of Samudio's mother.
If convicted, the footballer, who was expected to play in the 2014 World Cup, faces up to 40 years in jail.
The trial continues.
Source: The Daily Mail
Author: Matthew Henry, Approving editor: Fiona Willan