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#onlinedating | Utah man accused in killing of MacKenzie Lueck of El Segundo pleads guilty in deal with prosecutors – Press Enterprise | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams



A 32-year-old Utah man pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated murder and desecration of a human body in the kidnapping and death of MacKenzie Lueck of El Segundo, authorities said.

Ayoola Adisa Ajayi “will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole” as part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said. Had he not entered the pleas and instead been convicted during trial, he could have faced the death penalty.

Ajayio entered the pleas in Utah’s Third District Court. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced on Oct. 23.

“The entry of the pleas today starts the process of bringing some closure and a measure of justice to the Lueck family,” Gill said, adding that he has spoken with parents Greg and Dianne.

Lueck was a 23-year-old University of Utah pre-med student from El Segundo, who had just returned to Utah after a visit to Los Angeles for her grandmother’s funeral before she went missing, authorities said.

She was last seen about 3 a.m., June 17, 2019 and was reported missing, June 20. Her body was found more than two weeks later and roughly 80 miles north in Logan Canyon, July 3.

As part of the plea agreement, Ajayi admitted he had decided to murder Lueck before the meeting took place, according to a court document filed Wednesday and signed by Ajayi.

The two met on an online dating website in 2018. Ajayi also admitted in the document he turned off the video of his home security system in order to avoid having evidence of her inside.

After they arrived, he tied her hands behind her back and choked her with his hands and a belt, the document said.

Why he had decided to kill her was not disclosed.

Authorities said she and Ajayi had communicated through messages prior to meeting up at the park that morning. Both of their cell phones pinged within a minute of each other at the park before Lueck’s was turned off, authorities said.

When and where Lueck died was not disclosed, but authorities searched Ajayi’s home on June 26 and found belongings and human tissue consistent with Lueck’s DNA in a freshly dug area in the backyard, authorities said.

In addition, neighbors told investigators of a horrible smell coming from his back yard.

They also took his car, which had a noticeable smell of gasoline omitting from the trunk, authorities said. A gas can was found in the trunk and investigators found it was purchased from a store hours after Lueck was last seen.

Ajayi was arrested June 28 and Lueck’s body was found less than a week later after Ajayi’s attorneys informed the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office of where she was located, according to the court document.

The coroner determined her cause of death as blunt-force trauma to the left side of her skull.

Ajayi’s cellphone placed him in Logan Canyon on June 25, authorities said. The area sits just east of Utah State University, where Ajayi attended classes at various times from 2009 to 2016.

Following the charges filed in Lueck’s death, Ajayi was accused in separate cases of kidnapping and sexually assaulting another woman and of having pornographic images of children on his computer.

In the Lueck case, charges of kidnapping and obstruction of justice were dropped. Three charges in the kidnapping case were dropped and the child pornography case was entirely dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.

Ajayi also pleaded guilty to forcible sex abuse in one of those separate cases Wednesday, Gill said.

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