In December1988, The City of NovatoIn CaliforniaThe murder of foster parents in their mid-twenties shocked me. TasiaAnd William Stephens. TheA couple was found shot in bed next to the crib of an infant eight months old. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Investigation Discovery’s ‘Redrum: Love At Any Price’ takes a close look at the horrific murders of the StephensesIt explains the tragic incident in detail. IfYou areWe have your back. Without furder ado, let’s dive in then.
How Did TasiaAnd William Stephens Die?
Tasia Stephens, 43-year-old, and 45-years-old William StephensHad been married for 15 year. TheyIn the 1980s, successful hair salons and video shops were opened. Novato, California. HoweverThe couple desperately wanted to adopt a child. Tracy MedeirosI was then a 17 year-old teenager in Massachusetts who got pregnant and was going to put her baby up for adoption since her boyfriend had left her and she didn’t have the financial means to support a baby at the time. ItIt was then that TracyThe meeting was StephensesThrough an ex-boyfriend that was a distant cousin of both the couple.
ThePregnant Teen and TasiaAnd William StephensThe two of them bonded well and she stayed with her in a home for teenage mother in the city of Santa RosaIn Sonoma CountyDuring her trimesters. TheThe couple was present at the baby’s birth and chose the name together; the newborn was named Travis. The StephensesEven paid for all medical expenses and travel expenses Tracy. AlthoughDue to a backlog, the legal formalities of the Adoption Process were delayed. StephensesThey took the baby in their care.
TracyHad planned to visit her biological child during the holidays at the end of 1988. HenceIt was a tragedy that it happened when the Novatopolice called her to inform her that she was being held at large StephensesThey were found shot in the bed on December 14, 1988. HerAccording to legal enforcement experts, baby was safe and sound but was still hungry for approximately 24 hours. Tracy responded to the news, saying, ″MyThe whole world was destroyed. I thought, ‘What am I going to do with the baby?’ I thought, ’I love him, I want him to be with me.‴
Who Killed TasiaAnd William Stephens?
UponInitial investigation revealed that the police could not locate any motive other than the absconding homekeeper. Yolanda SeguraBased on evidence at the crime scene, and the available evidence, they identified a primary suspect as ‘. San RafaelShe shared an apartment with her boyfriend. TheInvestigators distributed flyers and ads asking for information on the victim. AroundA week later, he was 25 years old Yolanda was caught while staying at a Daly Citymotel together with her boyfriend Zohelin Diaz25 December 21, 1988. 21. 1988. A night clerk had seen police photos on television and had tipped police. Diaz was found to possess a .25-caliber automatic pistol at the time of the arrest.
WhileOfficially, no motive was established. NovatoPolice assumed that YolandaHad allegedly told her boyfriend. DiazAbout being sexually harassed at home by her employers. HoweverUncited sources claim that the investigators presumed YolandaThe story might have been concocted to cover her firing by the Stephenses. YolandaAnd DiazThere were many illegal immigrants in GuatemalaThe FBI was also involved in the investigation into homicides, though not directly. NeitherNone of the accused had any criminal convictions, however DiazI was once arrested for trying to enter. America illegally.
Where Are Yolanda SeguraAnd Zohelin Diaz Today?
TheAlthough the couple was found not guilty, the jury did not find them guilty. YolandaWas convicted of manslaughter. He was sentenced to 6 year imprisonment. DiazHe was convicted on first-degree charges and sentenced for life in prison. He then committed suicide. As per records, Yolanda is currently held in a women’s institution in Corona, California. AfterThe Stephens couple’s murder, the baby was placed in a foster home by a Marin County judge.
TracyPetition for custody TravisBut it was contested and disputed by relatives of the Stephens couple. HoweverOn January 5, 1989, Superior Court Juvenile Commissioner Sylvia ShapiroThe judge ruled that the adoption was still not finalized. StephensCouple were not legally parents Travis. ShapiroAward Tracy custodial rights which required her to take parenting classes and submit monthly reports to the court to be reviewed after 6 months. TracyVivien Billerica, Massachusetts, her mother, and worked in a state-run mental institution. To continue working, she had arranged full-time child care for Travis.
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