But it is Cerrillo’s new statement to police that offers a peek at how Escoto allegedly planned Trapaga’s demise in a methodical and calculating fashion:
Cerrillo, 38, an accountant from Homestead, first met Escoto at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in West Miami-Dade in 2000, where they both worked.
A quick-moving romance developed. Escoto, she felt, was an excellent father figure for her daughter.
After they lived together for more than a year, their relationship fell apart over financial woes.
In June 2002, Escoto moved out suddenly. Cerrillo hacked into Escoto’s voice mail - to hear a young woman leave a message: "Babe, come home. The cable guy is here."
That woman was Trapaga. Cerrillo began barraging Escoto with angry phone calls. They agreed to meet outside a West Miami-Dade restaurant that August, according to her statement.
"He told me that he loved me, that the girl on the phone, he didn’t love her, that it was a plan, that he was going to get an insurance policy on her and that she was going to die and that we were going to be together, " Cerrillo told prosecutors. "That we were going to get married."
He planned to kill her during Mardi Gras the following year, Cerrillo said.
She added: "I didn’t think it was true but I was happy because he was going to end up with me."
But a few days later, Escoto came over to Cerrillo’s house, claiming he was broke and needed to speed up his plan to kill Trapaga. Suddenly, Cerrillo told prosecutors, the plan seemed very real: Escoto showed her a stash of Percocet, the powerful painkillers, wrapped in paper.
Together, the two mashed up the pills to make a sleeping powder. "That he was going to give it to her in a drink and that he was going to drown her, and it was going to be an accident, " Cerrillo said.
Then, they went to the bathroom to the tub.
"He showed me how he was going to do it, and I told him that it would never work, because there would be evidence left behind, " she said. "There would be bruises from him pushing down on her. I suggested he use a towel [placed across her chest]."
Together, they practiced, with Cerrillo allowing him to dunk her head under water. Later, they bought a pager as a way of communicating, for fear police might have the ability to listen to their cellphone conversations.
Shortly before the slaying, Escoto called Cerrillo to say that Trapaga was pregnant - but claimed that it was a ruse aimed at her parents to rush their marriage along. Cerrillo agreed to watch their dog while they honeymooned in Key West.
When he returned to Miami-Dade the next day, Cerrillo told prosecutors, Escoto claimed the slaying had not gone through because "she has not liked the drink, that it was too chalky."
"Disappointment, " Cerrillo said at hearing the news. "I was upset that it had not happened."
The next day, Escoto told Cerrillo that the slaying would happen instead at the motel - and Cerrillo ended up footing the bill for the room.
That early morning, Escoto paged her (he later told police he was checking on Cerrillo’s sick daughter) and the two met outside her West Miami-Dade town house at about 3 a.m.
Escoto was in Trapaga’s white Nissan, she told prosecutors, and inside was another figure. "I just saw a shadow. I just assumed it was Wendy, " Cerrillo said.
In her own car, Cerrillo followed Escoto to the area near where the body was dumped. Escoto ordered her to drive around for about 25 minutes.