LIFE IN PRISON FOR ARMY CAPTAIN
IN "PREMEDITATED MURDER" OF WIFE
CHRISTOPHER GRAY ON WAY TO LEAVENWORTH
IN WAKE OF SENSATIONAL SLAY TRIAL IN KOREA
OFFICER ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE - ADMITTED HE
KILLED FILIPINO-BORN WIFE OVER "REPEATED
ADULTERIES" - DUMPED DEAD BODY IN SUITCASE
OUTSIDE WAEGWAN NEAR CAMP CARROLL
"He dumped her body like a piece of garbage!"
CPT Kevin Hyne's indignant voice reverberated off the courtroom walls at Camp Henry in Daegu as he told a pan al of Army officers how CPT Christopher Gray disposed of his wife's lifeless body.
"Never again will Lea Gray's little daughter hear her mothers's voice or feel her warm embrace," Hynes said. Seven year-old Bianca Bahena, the victim's child from a previous marriage, is now living with her grandparents in the Philippines.
The prosecutor outlined how Gray, a member of the 25th Transportation Bn. at Camp Henry, drugged his estranged wife in April 2008 and stuffed her body in a suitcase, which he lugged out to his vehicle.
On May 7, 2008 a civilian found the slain woman's partially-decomposed remains in a wooded area some five miles east of Camp Carroll. She had been "missing" for 17 days.
MOTIVE FOR THE KILLING EASY TO FIND
It didn't take the CID long to figure out what had happened. Gray's marriage had been "rocky" for some time and the officer had expressed to friends that he suspected his 27 year-old wife was "using him" to gain citizenship while she allegedly committed numerous adulteries.
On April 11, 2008 Gray went to the extent of writing an angry letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, trying to derail his wife Lea's wishes to become an American citizen.
Apparently, his frustration boiled over soon after, because investigators say the captain killed his estranged wife with a drug overdose and drove up to Waegwan where he disposed of the body. What he was thinking at the time, we may never know. But it was certain he would eventually be caught.
Prosecutors were able to build a solid case in the slaying, using camera film of Gray going up and down the elevator in his quarters, lugging the suitcase with it's grisly cargo. Korean traffic cameras also followed the car as he made his way out of Daegu to dump the contents.
Defense attorney Brian Tomasovic did well to get his client life imprisonment with chance of parole.
But CPT Christopher Gray, 38, rues the day he met his murdered wife on the Internet. It was a mistake and a tragedy just waiting to happen. And everybody involved has and will suffer for many years to come.