A convicted assassin who was launched from jail final yr has been charged with the homicide of a lacking South Florida girl whose physique was just lately found in a canal.
In line with Dawn police, on Saturday, Erika Verdecia, 33, was discovered useless close to Fort Lauderdale, and hours later, Eric Pierson, 54, was charged with first-degree homicide.
Police say that Pierson admitted to stabbing the single mom 4 instances with a screwdriver on Sept. 25.
In September of final yr, Pierson was launched from jail after serving 27 years of a 40-year sentence. In 1993, he was arrested for murdering 17-year-old Kristina Whitaker, whose killing sparked a motion for longer-term sentences.
Following the slaying, Florida abolished parole, requiring prisoners to serve at least 85% of their sentences. Nonetheless, as a result of the modification may not be imposed retroactively, Pierson was nonetheless eligible, ensuing in his early launch final yr.
Again in 1985 Pierson was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide after he slit a girl’s throat in her house. On the time, he was paroled after serving 4 years of an 18-year sentence.
In line with the Solar-Sentinel, Verdecia’s mom, Carmen mainly mentioned that Pierson was given the inexperienced mild to assault her daughter.
“Why is this guy in the streets? Why?” She advised the newspaper. “He’s going to pay this time. We’re not going to stop until we see him in the electric chair.”
On Sept. 27, Verdecia’s household reported her lacking three days after she didn’t return house. In line with pals on social media, Verdecia was final seen with a “grimy” man at a sandwich store, whose identify was Elric Pierson. In line with Carmen, when she seemed up his identification on the web, she was shocked to see the newspaper studies about his earlier homicide and assault.
I flipped out,” she mentioned. “I told (police) my daughter was seen with a killer. And then they started looking for her. But it was too late.”
In court docket filings, Dawn police mentioned they had a transient interplay with Pierson and Verdecia throughout a visitors cease on Sept. 25 – the identical day Pierson admitted to murdering Verdecia.
Police say she was within the passenger seat of the automobile and did not seem to be in any hazard.
On Oct 4, police contacted Pierson, however he mentioned he hadn’t seen her since she walked away from him on the gasoline station after the visitors cease.
That Friday, Pierson was questioned once more. He allowed the police to go looking his truck, the place they discovered blood. His girlfriend reportedly known as the police and advised them that Pierson would stare on the canal behind her house and say, “Damn that bitch stinks.” She additionally advised police that he mentioned, “If they don’t find a body, they don’t have a case.”
Shortly after, Verdecia’s physique was discovered.