A man who killed his girlfriend by ripping out her intestines after she screamed her estranged husband’s name during sex has pleaded guilty. Fidel Lopez, 26, pleaded guilty to murder and sexual battery charges on Thursday so as to escape the death penalty.
In exchange for the guilty plea, he got a life sentence on Thursday in Florida’s Broward County Court. He brutally murdered and molested 31-year-old Maria Nemeth at his Florida apartment in 2015 after getting angry when she called out her ex-husband’s name while they were engaged in a drunken sexual encounter.
In addition to pulling out Nemeth’s intestines, Lopez also molested the victim by putting a hair straightener and beer bottles in her vagina.
Lopez had called police on the night of September 20, 2015 to report that his girlfriend was having trouble breathing. Officers who responded to the apartment said they found Lopez crying in the bathroom next to Nemeth’s body, which had been disemboweled.
They also noticed a large amount of blood on the floor inside a closet, more blood spattered in the bathroom and damage to the walls and doors. A police report from the time noted there was also “several chunks of bloody tissue” on the floor inside the closet. Lopez initially told investigators that they had been having rough sex in the closet and she had urged him to use the beer bottles as sex toys. Soon after, she went into the bathroom, vomited and collapsed, he claimed.
At first, detectives thought Nemeth may have tried to perform an abortion on herself after which they quickly pieced together the grisly crime. But he later admitted that he became a “monster” when Nemeth called her ex-husband’s name twice during sex.
He told detectives: “She changed my name. She called me the name of the other f**king guy – and she said it twice and she was wrong and she was confusing me with him.”
Lopez had flown into a rage because of that and left the drunk woman in the closet as he started smashing things around the apartment and punching holes in the walls. After his outburst, he returned to the closet where his girlfriend was lying unconscious and proceeded to insert objects into her vagina. He also admitted to pulling “internal tissue” from her body while she was passed out.
Afterward, he carried her naked body into the bathroom and attempted to revive her by splashing water in her face, but she did not wake up. He then washed the blood off his hands and went out onto the porch outside their apartment to smoke a cigarette. When he got back inside to try to clean up the crime scene and hide Nemeth’s intestines, he realized she was no longer breathing and called 911. Nemeth was pronounced dead at the scene less than 30 minutes after Lopez’s initial call to police.
Lopez offered to plead guilty to the charges last month in the hope of securing a 50-year jail sentence, but prosecutors rejected the offer. They settled on the life sentence on Thursday. He will not be officially sentenced until August 3.