A man accused of murdering his ex- girlfriend in central Ohio and then dismembering her and dumping parts of her body in Covington now says his victim begged to be killed. Matthew Puccio tells police he murdered Jessica Sacco after he found text messages stating she planned to have him killed.
He claims she told him that she wished she didn't have to die, but that she understood her actions. "She was pleading with me to slash her throat and slash her wrist...do something. And I told her... No.. I can't do that to you and she told me to stab her then. So I just held my hand above her stomach. She grabbed my wrist and pulled it into her stomach."
Puccio also claims her last words were, "I still love you and I forgive you."
A friend of the Sacco's says she may have been killed because she had asked Puccio to move out. Sacco was found dead in her Urbana, Ohio apartment on March 30th-investigators believe her body had been inside for a week before she was found. Her legs were found in Covington this past Saturday morning. An autopsy reveals she was suffocated and stabbed.
Andrew and Kandis Forney are also being charged in connection to the crime. Police believe they helped Puccio dispose of Sacco's remains in Covington. Puccio and the Forney's were arrested in Hamilton. Two other people-Christopher Wright and Sharon Cook-are also charged in connection with the murder.
Our partners at the Hamilton Journal News say the suspects shared interest in a style of music known for its violent imagery as part of a group identified by the FBI as a growing gang known as the "Juggalos."
Juggalos have been identified by the FBI as a loosely organized hybrid gang rapidly growing across the U.S. The FBI reports the group is somewhat transient in nature, and members are often involved in simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism issues.
Cook and Wright were arraigned Monday in Champaign County on charges involving corpse abuse and evidence tampering. Puccio and the Forneys were arrested in Hamilton on Saturday. On Monday, they waived extradition in Butler County Common Pleas Court and were transported back to Champaign County. Puccio is charged with felonious assault, murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Andrew Forney faces counts of abuse of a corpse, two counts of obstructing justice, tampering with evidence and complicity to tampering with evidence. Kandis Forney is being held on charges of complicity to tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice.