A powerful lead suggested the crime scene was staged after a young female soldier was executed and found half-naked while holding her four-month-old baby.
Karlyn Ramirez was found dead on her bedroom floor in August 2015 with her young daughter in her arms.
The 24-year-old Army specialist’s story was told on “Snapped: Killer Couples,” a long-running true-crime series that airs Sundays at 6 p.m. ET on Oxygen.
Speaking to “Snapped: Killer Couples” about the sixth episode of season 16, Assistant US Attorney for Maryland James Warwick said, “The post-mortem revealed that there was no sexual assault immediately prior to her death.
His testimony was followed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Shaffer to reveal a startling clue.
Shaffer told the true crime series, “The victim’s underwear pulled down around her ankles suggests a staged crime scene.”
“The person who committed the crime was very methodical and tried to throw investigators off their trail,” he added.
According to court documents, Karlyn was shot twice in the chest and once in the side with a .357 caliber revolver.
Anne Arundel County Police Detective Kelly Harding told Snapped: Killer Couples that Karlyn was found with “slight bruises” and “scratches” – so the possibility of a sexual assault had to be considered.
Karlyn, who grew up in Del Rio, Texas, joined the military after earning an associate’s degree and was stationed in South Korea when she met the men who were later convicted of her murder and was “Snapped: Killer Couples” explained.
‘head over heels’
When the two met in 2013, Karlyn fell in love with 35-year-old Sgt. Maliek Kearney, a chemical weapons specialist, her sister, Roxanna Ramirez, told the series.
Just months after dating, Karlyn became pregnant with Maliek’s baby and the couple eventually got engaged.
Karlyn was then sent to Fort Meade, Maryland, and Maliek to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, prior to the baby’s birth on April 23, 2015. They married three months later.
Retired First Class Sergeant Leroy McDaniels said: “Their rush to get married was because she was a junior soldier and he was a senior and they had a schedule where they had to put something on paper before it wasn’t more was allowed.”
A few months later, on August 25, 2015, Karlyn was found dead with her surviving child in her arms.
According to forensic evidence, Karlyn likely died in the evening hours of August 24, 2015.
Karlyn’s death came after her and her husband’s recent separation.
Detectives learned that both Karlyn and Maliek had been unfaithful to each other. According to NBC affiliate WBAL, it was also discovered that Maliek was allegedly verbally and mentally abusive.
Additionally, a protective order issued by the Army and requested by Karlyn banned all contact between the separated couple, a Fox affiliate reported.
life in prison
In August 2018, 37-year-old Maliek Kearney was found guilty of the murder of Karlyn and was sentenced to life in prison later that year.
He was first arrested a year after Karlyn’s assassination in San Antonio, Texas.
Additionally, his 33-year-old lover, Dolores Delgado, pleaded guilty to her role in the assassination plot in 2017, according to The Associated Press.
Dolores – who admitted giving Maliek the gun used in the murder – was sentenced to 17 years in prison and five years’ supervised release.
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