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“Controlling” husband, 28, pleads guilty to suffocating his wife, 28, with a plastic bag

A man who choked his wife with a plastic bag before plunging her body into a crawl space in their Minnesota home has been found guilty of her murder.

Joshua David Fury, 28, faces 38 years in prison after strangling Maria Pew in late April. He reported her missing on April 30; her body was found two days later in a crawl space and Fury was charged with first-degree murder.

Police found the provisional cause of death asphyxiation from a plastic bag taped to her head and nose. Fury was arrested and made several statements initially, trying to blame one of her former boyfriends for her death.

But eventually he confessed to murdering Maria by strangling her in their Maple Grove home and putting the plastic bag over her head, police said.

Anger later, the police he planned to use adhesive tape roll that he used to wrap her body to hang missing posters for her.

Investigator interviews with Maria’s family, friends and mother revealed that the couple had marital problems and that Fury was “controlling and possessive.”

Joshua David Fury, 28, faces 38 years in prison after strangling Maria Pew in late April

Fury reported that Maria Pew was missing on Thursday, April 30; her body was found two days later in a crawl space, and Fury was charged with first-degree murder

Fury reported that Maria Pew was missing on Thursday, April 30; her body was found two days later in a crawl space, and Fury was charged with first-degree murder

Joshua David Fury, 28, faces 38 years in prison after strangling Maria Pew in late April. He reported her missing on Thursday, April 30; her body was found two days later in a crawl space, and Fury was charged with first-degree murder

Fury admitted that she had strangled her during a fight that she left him. He said he “put both hands around her neck and squeezed until he felt a click,” the charges said. Maria was found with a trauma to her neck, but it was not broken.

When he noticed that Maria was still breathing, he put a plastic bag over her head and nose until she stopped.

He said that as soon as she was dead he wrapped her arms in duct tape, carried her body to the crawl space, dug a hole, put her body in the hole, filled it up, covered and chalk-covered plastic over the space and then the surrounding area and himself before going to work. ‘

Joshua told authorities it only took two hours to kill her and bury her body.

Investigator interviews with Maria's family, friends and mother revealed that the couple had marital problems and that Fury was 'controlling and possessive'

Detective interviews with Maria's family, friends and mother revealed that the couple had marital problems and that Fury was 'controlling and possessive'

Detective interviews with Maria’s family, friends and mother revealed that the couple had marital problems and that Fury was ‘controlling and possessive’

Fury eventually confessed to murdering Maria by strangling her in their Maple Grove home

Fury eventually confessed to murdering Maria by strangling her in their Maple Grove home

Fury eventually confessed to murdering Maria by strangling her in their Maple Grove home

Police were sent to the home of the Maple Grove couple on the 11000 block of Red Fox Drive after Joshua claimed that Maria had disappeared and that she found her mobile in it.

A two-day large-scale search was started with teams on the ground and by helicopter.

Police filed a search warrant on May 2 at the home of the Maple Grove couple, where tracking dogs discovered human remains in a crawlspace no more than four feet long and had an unpaved basement floor.

A second search warrant enabled police to dig in the crawl space, and her body was found in the middle of the night after hours of digging about a day later.

Police found the provisional cause of death asphyxiation from a plastic bag taped to her head and nose.

Maria’s parents, Bill Pew and Lissa Weimelt, said their adoptive daughter’s husband was in charge and the two married after an intense and fast-moving relationship.

The heartbroken parents said they believed that the couple who stayed at their home during the coronavirus outbreak was not safe for their daughter.

Maria's parents, Bill Pew and Lissa Weimelt, have started a non-profit domestic violence organization called 'Maria's Voice' to help victims in their daughter's memory

Maria's parents, Bill Pew and Lissa Weimelt, have started a non-profit domestic violence organization called 'Maria's Voice' to help victims in their daughter's memory

Maria’s parents, Bill Pew and Lissa Weimelt, have started a non-profit domestic violence organization called ‘Maria’s Voice’ to help victims in their daughter’s memory

The grieving mother says that adopting Mary was like winning the “parenting pot”

“You know that was not a safe place,” says her mother Lissa Weimelt. “It has further isolated her.”

She added, “The things I now blame myself for. “Run, my God, run! “Why didn’t I say that? ‘

The grieving mother says that adopting Mary was like winning the “parenting pot”. The parents recalled that their daughter had an active lifestyle riding snowmobiles, horses and quadricycles.

Maria had also been a cheerleader, says her father, who described her as “always smiling.”

They started a non-profit organization for domestic violence called ‘Maria’s Voice’ to help victims in their daughter’s memory.

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