Cops: Wife and Lover Plotted 'Brutal Murder' of LA Hairstylist

Fabio Sementilli was found dead in January
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2017 12:04 PM CDT
Monica Sementilli and her lover were charged with killing Fabio Sementilli, pictured.   (KTLA)
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(Newser) – The wife of a famous LA hairstylist allegedly plotted his murder with her lover, the Los Angeles Times reports. Monica Sementilli, 45, was charged with capital murder on Friday, along with boyfriend Robert Baker, 55, for the slaying of her husband, Fabio Sementilli. LA police say the pair planned the killing to collect $1.6 million in life insurance. Fabio Sementilli, 45, a hair products exec for Coty and a celebrity hairdresser, was stabbed to death on his patio in upscale Woodland Hills on Jan. 23. He was "brutally murdered," LAPD chief detective Justin Eisenberg tells KTLA. Sementilli's daughter found him in a pool of blood with stab wounds to his neck and upper torso. Cops initially suspected a home invasion and robbery gone bad.

Two men were seen jogging to the house shortly before the murder and then drove away in Sementilli's red Porsche. Surveillance video showed two men ditching the car about five miles away. DNA at the scene matched Baker's and an unknown person, who has not been identified, and whom police are searching for, says homicide Capt. William Hayes. Monica Sementilli wasn't present for the attack but "orchestrated things," Hayes adds. She and Baker, who met at a gym, were having an affair for a year and a half before they allegedly hatched the plot. Both are eligible for the death penalty. Baker's DNA was on file because of a 1993 conviction for a sexual offense with a minor for which he's a registered sex offender. (After 20 years, father reveals location of son's remains.)

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