Man Tried to Dismember Pregnant Wife’s Body After Murder: PD

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  • Cassandritz Blanc, 22, was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder and abuse of a dead body in the killing of his wife, Martine Bernard

  • Blanc is also a suspect in the murder of his wife’s father, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, whose body was found in a grass lot in Hollywood

A Fort Lauderdale man who fatally shot his pregnant wife tried to dismember her body before dumping the body in a trash can outside the couple’s home, police said.

Cassandritz Blanc, 22, was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder and abuse of a dead body in the killing of his wife, 20-year-old Martine Bernard, whose body was discovered in the trash can near the home in the 500 block of Northeast 1st Avenue, according to an arrest report.

Blanc is also a suspect in the murder of his wife’s father, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, whose body was found in a grass lot in Hollywood on Monday, police said.

According to the arrest report, Hollywood detectives investigating Roosevelt Bernard’s death reported his daughter missing when they were unable to contact her. The detectives interviewed Blanc and started to surveil him after considering him a suspect, the report said.

Husband Arrested After Pregnant Wife and Her Dad Murdered

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Detectives saw Blanc moving a trash container towards the dumpster at his building and noticed that he was “laboring to wheel the trash container,” the report said. After Blanc was detained, detectives searched the trash container and found Martine Bernard’s mutilated body inside, the report said.

Blanc gave a full confession to the murder, telling detectives he shot his wife in the head on June 4 because she “disrespected him,” the report said. He also said he tried to dismember her body to make it easier to dispose, the report said.

Martine Bernard was about 24 weeks pregnant when she was murdered, police said.

Blanc appeared in court Wednesday where he was ordered held without bond. Officials said additional charges are pending.


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