MILWAUKEE, WI — Devin Katzfey, 20, has pleaded not guilty to the brutal murder of a man that was posted on Snapchat.
Prosecutors say that Katzfey, his brother Branden Katzfey, 19; and Sarah Zakzesky, 20; all participated in the torture and killing of Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro on December 19 that was captured on video and posted on social media.
During the video, Mendoza-Chaparro is lying on the floor, according to the complaints, and a man’s voice is heard saying: “This is what happens when you steal…You get knocked the f*** out, b****.”
At some point the victim was forced to eat cat litter, and another man urinated on him.
The final video shows the victim lying on the kitchen floor, bleeding. Police say Mendoza-Chaparro’s killers claimed that the victim was smoking marijuana with them a few days before Christmas when he allegedly stole a bong, a pipe, and other drug paraphernalia.
Zakzesky told police that after getting high, she had sex with Branden Katzfey, and then drifted in and out of consciousness during the time that the victim was beaten. She said that Devin was the primary aggressor, and that the victim was punched and kicked around 25 times.
After Mendoza-Chaparro slipped into unconsciousness, his killers dumped him in an alley near garbage cans in 14-degree weather with his sweatshirt and jeans pulled down.
The victim’s devastated mother, Iris Chaparro, told WITI this was going to be her first Christmas with her son in five years because they have been living in separate states. Instead, police had to tell her that he had been killed.
Investigators pieced together what happened from interviews with Zakzesky and Branden Katzfey — and from Mendoza-Chaparro’s Snapchat account. Allegedly, Devin Katzfey had used the victim’s own phone to record the carnage, so the video ended up shared on Mendoza-Chaparro’s Snapchat. Devin also reportedly posted comments about the crime to Facebook, telling friends, “I didn’t kill dude,” and, “All they got is video of me whooping dude.”
Incredibly, Katzfey — who referred to himself as “Superman” during the beating — appeared to have no qualms about posting the horrific footage to social media, despite his identifiable tattoos and distinctive look.
There’s something about Katzfey’s photo that reminds us of another mug shot — the original “Hot Convict” Jeremy Meeks (below), who saw his mug shot go viral after being arrested on weapons charges, and who has since amassed over 721,000 followers on Instagram and reportedly turned his life around and started modeling.
However, if Katzfey is found guilty of such a heartless and revolting crime committed over something so relatively minor, he’s not likely to garner the same support and fandom that rallied around Meeks. His story, like his victim’s, will not have a happy ending. According to authorities, Katzfey faces up to 60 years behind bars for the brutal killing.
Main photo: Devin Katzfey [Milwaukee County Jail]