Bond Denied for Accused Murderer of Delbert Freemont


A judge has denied bond for John Moniz, accused of the grisly murder of Delbert Freemont Jr.

Moniz is charged with First Degree murder. Police say he strangled Freemont and then dismembered the body to make disposal easier.

The body parts were dumped in a ravine just north of the Douglas County line. A dog found them.

Omaha Police believe Freemont was strangled to death in his own home. They found blood in the house and believe Moniz cut off Freemont’s arms and legs.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “It was a situation where we believe that this was a way to move him and get him out of the location where he was murdered and dispose of him in Washington County.”

Omaha Police were on the hunt for the suspect's Cadillac Deville and they caught a break at a north Omaha metal recycler. The car was in there. It had been flattened but not yet turned into a metal cube. The recycler was 30-minutes away from crushing all the evidence when Omaha Police found the car. Detectives found a lot of blood in the back seat and they say it looked to have been covered with spray paint.

As for motive, investigators say Moniz was staying in Freemont’s home with Freemont’s daughter. Freemont was in the Douglas County jail on charges that would be later dropped. The county attorney says that while Freemont was behind bars, Moniz had been selling some of Freemont’s belongings; items that included a sink and microwave, to support a drug habit.

In addition to the murder charge, John Moniz has also been booked for failing to register as a sex offender. He's supposed to let the sheriff know where he is for the rest of his life because of a rape conviction and he never did that.


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