British pharmacist Mitesh Patel was found guilty of killing his 34-year-old wife to collect her life insurance and run off with Dr. Amit Patel, a man he met on Grindr, reports BBC.
The men planned to raise M. Patel and J. Patel's unborn child — conceived through in-vitro fertilization — as their own.
M. Patel, 37, staged the murder as a burglary, claiming that when he returned home from work, he found J. Patel bound and gagged with duct tape and the house ransacked. Though, after investigating the prosecutors claimed he tied her up, injected her with insulin, and strangled her with a plastic bag.
Detectives said they busted him using a health-tracking app that was able to confirm he was in the house at the time of the murder and then went out shopping to come back and "discover" his wife's body in a suitcase.
The murder was deemed premeditated as M. Patel's internet search history included terms such as "I need to kill my wife," "insulin overdose," "plot to kill my wife," "do I need a co-conspirator?," "hiring hitman UK," and "how much methadone will kill you?." It's not clear M. Patel's male lover was aware of the murder plot.
A heartbreaking statement was given by J. Patel's family to the Daily Mail: "The man we welcomed into our family, who promised to look after and protect her, betrayed her in every sense of the word, cheating her of her dreams, robbing her of her life and robbing us of her."
M. Patel gave his justification during his trial claiming, "I cannot explain how I felt. It was the fear of being exposed as an Asian gay man, that was one thing and the other was that I was not going to let Jess down. I had married Jess and all her dreams were going to come to a crashing end."
After a three-hour jury deliberation, M. Patel was found guilty and he will be sentenced today.