David Messerschmitt was in search of a good time when he posted on Craigslist. Even though he was a married man, he would post to meet other men in hotel rooms for NSA (no strings attached) affairs.
His safety concerns probably revolved around the hope that his loving wife would never find out about his additional sexcapades, but he reasonably didn’t expect to be murdered, most notably by a woman.
David Messerschmitt Lawyer Murdered in DC Hotel
When 30-year-old Messerschmitt posted on February 9th to solicit other men for sex at a hotel, he used the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. While he called himself “DC Guy”, he was a successful attorney.
He found someone to meet, another Craigslist user named “Chris Sanchez”, username: chrissanchez0906. However, “Chris Sanchez” was a woman who wanted to rob him. Not knowing this, David and “Chris” arranged to meet at the upscale Donovan Hotel, that night.
Messerschmitt brought supplies with him: condoms, enemas, lubricant, and his HP computer, along with a few other items. Not knowing he’d be murdered, his one-night stand probably seemed like something no one else would ever know about until his murderer entered the building.
The Donovan Hotel DC Stabbing
His soon to be killer was Jamyra Gallmon, a 21-year-old woman who would later tell police she only acted in “self-defense”. Police were able to locate her through cellphone records, once Messerschmitt’s body was found after his wife reported him missing early on February 10th.
Gallmon went to the room number Messerschmitt had given her, where they then had an altercation. Entering and leaving the building, she tried to hide her face from security cameras and, at one point, took the stairs.
Though she would claim that the struggle between herself and Messerschmitt would lead to a “flashback” of a prior assault, which caused her to kill him, Messerschmitt’s body was stabbed at least seven times. He had multiple wounds on his hands and fingers, from an attempt to defend himself. His hands seemed to have had makeshift zip ties placed on them as if Gallmon had put him in temporary handcuffs.
When Gallmon was searched, they would find a pocket knife, black gloves, and boots, as well as the multicolored zip ties she appeared to have used. Not slowed down by his murder, she would steal his cards and cash, throwing his cellphone into the trash.
She claimed that she did not use the zip ties and threw her bloodied clothing into a Southeast D.C. sewer. The court would disagree with her “not guilty” pleading and issue her to prison for 18 to 25 years.
Another woman, Dominique Johnson, was a friend of Gallmon’s who wasn’t involved in the murder. However, since she knew about the robbery plot and benefited from the items Gallmon took, she was arrested separately and received 12 months in jail (with six suspended) and three years probation, along with a hefty fine.
Gallmon’s mother reported to NBC Washington that her daughter had not been in legal trouble before and had plans to join the military.
What do these tragic stories have in common?
The victims didn’t intend to die and did not know that they were being tricked by someone they met online. As Messerschmitt’s obituary shows, he was a well-loved husband and son.
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