A Maryland mom, her 13-year-old daughter, and her daughter’s 18-year-old boyfriend are reportedly accused in the deaths of two people.
According to WJLA, Ann Marie Anastasi and Gabriel Ezekiel Struss are accused of killing Ann’s husband, 40-year-old Anthony Joseph Anastasi Jr. and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Jacqueline Irene Riggs — who Ann also had a sexual relationship with.
Ann originally called police and told them that Anthony had killed himself in their home. Police became suspicious when they discovered that a .45-caliber handgun was found on the bed, but a 380-caliber shell casing was found close to the body, the Capital Gazette reports. Not only that, but gun residue was detected on Ann.
Details came under more suspicion after the Chief Medical Examiner found Riggs, who was discovered dead in their basement, had died from a stabbing. Authorities believe they have recovered the weapon involved in Ann’s home, where Riggs also lived.
Originally, Ann had claimed she heard her husband of 18 years and Riggs arguing. The next morning she said she found Anthony dead after returning from the grocery store, ABC News reports.
The most twisted part is that Ann involved their 13-year-old daughter in the plot. Both wanting to kill the pair, they allegedly asked the girl’s 18-year-old boyfriend for help in the murders.
According to court reports, the couple’s marriage was “fraught with conflict and domestic abuse.” Police realized the 13-year-old girl was also involved after they discovered text messages between her and her boyfriend about the “murder of two individuals,” transporting the murder weapon, and how the child intended on “taking the ‘fall’ or blame for the murders,” according to ABC News.
Each of the three suspects are facing serious charges. Ann has been charged with two counts of first- and second-degree murder, as well as use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and she’s being held without bond. Struss was charged with two counts of first- and second-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree murder, and two counts of firearm use in a felony crime of violence. The 13-year-old was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and accessory after-the-fact and was placed in juvenile detention.
Anne Arundel County Police