2 arrested in death, dismembering of Omahan whose body was found in Washington County - Omaha.com
Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm / Updated at 1:25 pm
2 arrested in death, dismembering of Omahan whose body was found in Washington County

An Omaha man was dismembered and dumped in Washington County after he was killed by his daughter's boyfriend, authorities allege.

The killer cut off the arms and legs of Delbert J. Freemont, 52, before dumping his remains in a ravine just north of the Neale Woods Nature Center.

Freemont's remains were discovered Dec. 9 in a ravine off County Road P40 just north of the Washington-Douglas County line.

However, authorities believe Freemont was killed in his house at 2210 N. 39th St. in Omaha.

Police on Friday arrested John R. Moniz, 35, on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in Freemont's death.

Mark H. Walker, 44, also was taken into custody on suspicion of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

According to authorities:

Freemont had been unhappy that his daughter had invited her boyfriend, Moniz, to live in Freemont's residence while Freemont was in jail on a felony domestic violence charge.

In several letters from jail, Freemont indicated that he might confront Moniz when he got out.

Freemont was released from jail Nov. 18.

A neighbor told police that Freemont told him he was upset that Moniz had been driving his Cadillac and had caused damage to his house, including removing metal items to take to salvage yards.

The neighbor said Moniz had recently tried to sell Freemont's Cadillac to the neighbor. The neighbor declined. He told police he thought it was odd that Moniz was trying to sell Freemont's car.

Another neighbor described walking past Freemont's house during Thanksgiving week and seeing Moniz and a woman, the front door open. The two were struggling to move something wrapped in plastic, about 6 feet long, the neighbor said.

Police received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip Wednesday in which a caller said that Moniz and Walker were involved in Freemont's homicide.

Detectives interviewed the other man, and he said Moniz drove up in Freemont's Cadillac and told him he “killed someone and needed help getting rid of the body.”

The man told police he declined to help Moniz. However, he said, Moniz parked his Cadillac in the man's detached garage. The man heard the whir of a reciprocating saw and assumed he was using it on the Cadillac.

Moniz later left in the Cadillac, and the man noticed that it was weighted down in the rear.

Moniz was booked Friday into the Douglas County Jail.

Contact the writer: Todd Cooper

todd.cooper@owh.com    |   402-444-1275

Todd covers courts and legal issues for The World-Herald.

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