While he says he was only using the ax to intimidate the man, the crime scene details say otherwise.
Michigan – In a trial that only lasted a few days, a jury found Jacob Ficher guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the first-degree.
A Michigan man confessed in court to butchering his girlfriend’s husband with an ax — but insisted he at first only meant to frighten him with the weapon.
The defense team argued that Ficher wasn’t intending to kill Ammar Al-Yasari.
“I didn’t plan on hurting him,” Ficher stated.
But ‘scaring’ Ammar didn’t go according to plan, Ficher said.
He hit Al-Yasari twenty-four times in the head, face and neck in his Holt home in February.
“A discussion wasn’t going to push him away from the actions and the things he was doing,” Ficher said.
As part of his testimony, he alleged that Al-Yasari was a rapist and an abuser.
“She did want a divorce, but one of the things she discussed was how she felt in danger trying to leave him because he had threatened on multiple occasions that if she had tried to leave, he would kill her,” Ficher said.
Ficher said Bdour Al-Yasari turned off her home’s security to let him inside so that he could confront her husband about the abuse while she was at work. He also that she thought he was just going to talk with her husband that day. According to his testimony, she didn’t know he was going to kill him.
“I wanted him to leave,” Ficher said. “Whether he ran to police or a different county, I just wanted him to be gone.”
Ficher, a US Army veteran, testified that he wore a mask and used gloves from his infantry days. He said the confrontation went south when Al-Yasari arrived home, saw him and swung at him, which lead him to fight back.
“I fired off two strikes with my right hand, which was holding the ax,” Ficher said. “All I could hear was my heartbeat and I just kept swinging and kept swinging and kept swinging.”
According to the coroner’s testimony, 17 of the 24 blows would have been deadly “almost immediately.”
Ficher testified that he and Bdour started their affair in August of 2018. The two separated briefly, after Ficher learned that Bdour was married with two children. The got back together and planned for Bdour to divorce Al-Yasari so they could move to somewhere along the West Coast together.
Prosecutors said Ficher planned the brutal murder and committed it out of hatred so he could be with Bdour. Ficher denied that claim.
He testified he'd only intended to scare the man, because he'd physically, emotionally and sexually abused his wife, who Ficher was having an affair with.
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Ficher said he then found a bottle of bleach in the pantry and poured it over the body, and then left through the front door. He also got rid of his backpack that carried the murder weapon.
Ficher will be back in court for sentencing on January 8.
Apparently, love can entice you to do some crazy things.
We previously shared the story of an Indianawoman who injected her husband with a lethal dose of heroin before smothering him with a pillow may be responsible for nine other deaths. Moreover, in a truly strange twist, she is suspected of serving her lover’s remains to unsuspecting neighbors at a barbecue.
Kelly M. Cochran, 34, was sentenced to 65 years in prison last month after admitting to killing her husband, Jason Cochran; but she was already serving a life sentence for killing and dismembering another lover, Chris Regan, who vanished in 2014, reported the Indy Star.
An upcoming documentary called “Dead North,” set to air on May 28 and May 29 on Investigation Discovery, probes other possible murders that may be linked to Cochran. Furthermore, her family told investigators she may have killed as many as nine people and buried their bodies throughout the Midwest.
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Her friends and family also told investigators the ghoulish tale of Cochran reportedly serving Regan’s remains to her neighbors at a barbecue.
Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo, who investigated Regan’s disappearance, said she met Cochran and her husband during the probe, court documents stated. The investigator learned Cochran was having an affair with Regan. Nevertheless, the case went cold until Jason Cochran died in February 2016 of a suspected overdose. Yet, later on, investigators discovered his wife murdered him.
Cochran admitted she and her husband lured Regan inside their home, shot him and dismembered his body, before dumping his remains in the woods. Cochran said she and her husband made a “pact” to “kill off anyone involved in their extramarital affairs.”
But Cochran said she was angry at her husband and killed him as revenge for murdering Regan, court documents stated.
As a result, she was sentenced to life in prison in May 2017 for Regan’s murder and sentenced on April 18 for her husband’s slaying.
Investigation Discovery said in a statement that Cochran’s brother told investigators he feared his sister was a serial killer and neighbors said they believed they were served human remains at the barbecue, reported Fox News.
“The toll of this case on Frizzo’s career (is) significant. Despite disagreements with the Iron River City Manager regarding her ‘bullheaded’ investigation style, Frizzo remains adamant that the case isn’t closed,” the news release stated. “The City Manager relieves Frizzo of her duties just as Kelly admits to having other ‘friends’ buried in Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Minnesota; however, the identities and specific locations of these bodies remain a mystery to this day.”
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