Video released of son stuffing mother's body into car
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities have released new video of a man accused of murdering his mother and dragging her body out of her home.
According to police, surveillance video taken from a neighbor's home across the street shows Natalie Belmonte's adopted son stuffing her body into the trunk of her own 2007 red Lexus ES, sometime on the morning of July 17.
The video also shows Belmonte and the accused, 21-year-old Gerard "Gery" Belmonte, arriving to the home late after a graduation party, hours earlier. Three days later, Belmonte's body was found decomposing in a marshy wooded area, near her home, where the police had been searching.
Her son was arrested a few days later, after DNA samples from the crime scene came back positive, police said. The 21-year-old is being held at the Broward County jail, charged with the murder of his mother.
According to a police report released along with the video, the accused, who was jailed three days prior to his mother's death, had told inmates at the Broward County Jail that he was having dreams of killing his mother. He even told inmates, when he left jail, that he would follow through on those dreams.
"Natalie gave him so many opportunities," said a family friend. "She adopted him from Guyana. He was in trouble a couple of times, and she always gave him the benefit of the doubt."
Surveillance video also captured her last moments alive. At around 7 p.m., July 17, she walked into a Walgreens on Pines Boulevard wearing a strapless brown dress. Behind her, her son, wearing plaid shorts and a white polo shirt, followed her in. They are later seen visiting a gas station convenience store where he held the door open for her.
Then, at 2 a.m., they both return home together and something terrible happens inside. Police would find blood in her bathroom and all over her bed sheets. According to police, the suspect used bleach to try to clean up the scene, then disposed of her body.
A day later, according to the report, police find his bloody plaid shorts and white polo inside a dumpster. "We found forensic evidence, and other types of evidence, that would lead us to believe that this is a possible homicide," said Pembroke Pines Police Captain Dan Rakofsky.
Once again, surveillance video offers suspicious evidence, as the red Lexus is caught on camera near that dumpster. "Almost immediately decided that there were some indicators of suspicious circumstances," said a detective during the early days of the investigation.
Police said, when the son learned police found his adoptive mother's decomposing body, he told then, "The more I hear, the more I think I was involved, but I just can't remember anything ... I want to, but I just can't." According to the report, when he said that, he cried. It was the only time, police said, he showed emotion in the case.
Detectives said they also found scratches on his hands and bi-ceps. He had claimed that he was doing some yard work. The report also noted that a statue was missing from the victim's bedroom. But what exactly happened on the night of her death and why, the report does not say.
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