Sadie Beacham moved on after splitting up with Zachariah Anderson in February 2020 which agitated him.
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A 42-year-old man was found guilty on Wednesday, March 22, of stalking and killing his ex-girlfriend's new partner. A jury found Zachariah Anderson guilty of all four charges against him, including first-degree intentional homicide, concealing a corpse, and stalking. The jury also found the defendant guilty of one count each of stalking Rosalio Jr. Gutierrez, and of stalking his ex-girlfriend, Sadie Beacham, who is also the mother of his children, per Law And Crime.
Since Gutierrez has been missing since May 2020, it is still unknown where his corpse is. Beacham is relieved with the jury's verdict and is waiting for the official sentencing to take place on May 16. "Having the support of friends, family, people that I don't know – helped give us the strength," Beacham said, per PEOPLE. "I'm eternally grateful. My husband, family, and I – Rosalio – finally has justice," added the victim's mother, Selia Patterson.
BREAKING NEWS: Man said to be ‘jealous’ and ‘obsessed’ with ex-girlfriend’s new lover is convicted of his murder #ZachariahAnderson— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) March 22, 2023
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Anderson's attorneys argued during the trial that the missing body of the victim was evidence that the case against Anderson was unconvincing. However, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley claimed Anderson was a jealous, controlling ex-boyfriend who was upset that Beacham had broken up with him. Although Anderson had a connection with his and Beacham's children, the fact that Beacham had moved on really agitated Anderson.
Beacham split up with Anderson in February 2020 and started seeing Guiterrez months after that. Anderson had been following Gutierrez and visiting his apartment before he disappeared, per the evidence produced by the prosecutors. Later, when the police questioned him, he lied about it. Anderson is further accused of using a GPS tracker and recording device to stalk Beacham and the victim as well as putting a burner phone in Beacham's vehicle to see where she was going, per CourtTV.
Selia Patterson, the mother of victim Rosalio Gutierrez, Jr., thanked the jury for finding her son's killer #ZachariahAnderson guilty and pleaded with the community for information to help find her son's body. "I don't want to let him down, not even in death," Patterson said. pic.twitter.com/9Ot4mETuqm— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) March 22, 2023
Gutierrez was reported missing on May 19, 2020, after Beacham went to his apartment and discovered the patio door open with heavy blood stains on the floor, door, and furniture. After Beacham stated that Anderson had been stalking and harassing her in the weeks following the start of her relationship with Gutierrez, Kenosha Police turned their attention to Anderson. "I got a very sick feeling," Beacham testified, during the trial, adding, "I remember being very afraid."
Authorities discovered a burn pit, torn clothing, and a burned bleach container in Anderson's house on the day Gutierrez vanished. Gutierrez's blood was on the floor of Anderson's Dodge minivan, along with a fragment of carpet that smelled like bleach. Extra clothing and another burn pit were also found at a tree farm owned by Anderson's family, according to CourtTV.
Guilty All Counts #zachariahanderson #murder #trial pic.twitter.com/N57ixe9hpU— Kenosha County Eye (@KenoshaCtyEye) March 22, 2023
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