A man was recently found digging up a grave to recover a gold cross that had mistakenly been buried with his murdered brother. That takes some commitment!
Police were called to the cemetery in the middle of the night after someone spotted the man digging up the grave of his dead brother, Hector “Ricky” Apodaca, 30.
Back in February 2017, his brother had been shot multiple times in the head and left on the side of a road, where a passerby later discovered him. Andrew Phillip Gilbert, 24, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Evidently, they had been using drugs together and Gilbert felt threatened by Apodaca, so he killed him.
The alive and well Apodaca brother, 27, was sitting in the hole that he had dug when the cops arrived, with two shovels and a spade by his side. He had already removed the headstone and had dirt flung all over the place around the surrounding 20 headstones. He was determined… or… high. The police officer said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Apodaca ended up admitting that he had taken meth a few hours earlier.
Police told Apodaca he had to stop digging immediately, but they weren’t sure exactly what law he had broken yet. They ordered him to leave the cemetery and to not return.
He left on his bike, went to a nearby motel and ended up stealing food from the breakfast buffet. Of course he couldn’t actually stay away from the cemetery; he returned a few hours later, where police were waiting and arrested him.
They also figured out what to charge him with: third-degree malicious mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.
He never did get that necklace back, though.
Original article: Man Arrested for Trying to Dig Up Murdered Brother’s Grave
image credit: Bremerton Police Department