United States v. Brimager

Full title: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. BRIAN KARL BRIMAGER, Defendant.

Court: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Date published: Apr 17, 2014

Facts

Brimager and Yvonne Baldelli (“Baldelli”), both residents of California, began a romantic relationship in 2009. On September 26, 2011, they flew to Bocas Del Toro, Panama (“Bocas”) and rented a room in a small hostel on Isla Carenero. They became friends with the manager of the hostel, who lived in the room next door to theirs. After their arrival, Brimager began emailing the mother of his young daughter (“K.W.”), indicating his intent to move back to California to live with her and help raise their daughter. He did not mention Baldelli in these emails.

From the middle of October through late November 2011, Brimager began fighting with and physically abusing Baldelli. In November 2011, Brimager sent emails to K.W., his mother, and a friend, indicating his boredom with life in Panama and his intent to return to California soon. These emails did not mention Baldelli.

On November 24, 2011, the hostel manager was hospitalized when she broke her leg. She asked Brimager and Baldelli to watch over the hostel. During this time, no one lived next door to the couple. On November 26, 2011, the couple went to dinner and left the restaurant together. On that night or in the early morning hours, Brimager killed Baldelli, then dismembered and disposed of her body.

Issue

Decision

For the reasons set forth above, Brimager’s motion to dismiss Counts 1 through 9 and Counts 12 and 13 is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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