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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Gabriel Navarro "If I Can't Have Her No One Can" Murder Case

     In 2012, four days after her eighteenth birthday, Allison Leedy moved into a Reston, Washington apartment with Gabriel Galen Navarro. Over the next two years the pathologically controlling boyfriend isolated Leedy from her family and friends. He monitored her phone calls, emails, and text messaging and made sure the two of them worked at the same place so he could keep an eye on her. He never left her out of his sight.

     When Navarro learned that Leedy, through the help of her family, planned to leave him, Navarro threatened to kill himself. When she informed him that she had made plans to complete her GED then attend art college in California, Navarro declared that he would not allow her to leave him. The distraught and outraged Navarro said he blamed Leedy's family for trying to destroy their relationship.

     Just before noon on Saturday, April 12, 2014, Gabriel Navarro called 911 to report that he had strangled his girlfriend. He told the dispatcher that the victim's family was responsible for her death. According to Navarro, he had booby-trapped the apartment with a propane-fueled bomb. He also said he was armed with a Glock handgun.

     In a text message to Allison Leedy's grandfather, Navarro wrote: "If you are getting this you are responsible for Allison's death. You turned her against me, you abused her heart by offering her to go to college."

     To Allison Leedy's father, Navarro wrote: "She's dead. I have the last laugh. You did this."

     Navarro was standing outside his apartment when police officers rolled up the the scene in response to the 911 call. When he saw the police vehicles, Navarro ran inside. After the police surrounded the apartment complex, an officer broke out two of Navarro's windows with a bean-bag launcher. The idea was to ventilate the apartment in case of a propane explosion.

     The shattering of window glass brought Navarro out of the dwelling. He said he had lied about the booby-trap and his possession of the Glock handgun.

     Police officers found Allison Leedy lying face-down on a bed with fingernail abrasions on her neck. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (An autopsy would reveal internal bleeding to the victim's neck muscles, and facial hemorrhaging that indicated manual strangulation as the cause of death.)

     At the Reston Police Department, Navarro told detectives that Allison Leedy had been murdered by "Frost," his alternative personality. (Fine, they can give "Frost" the lethal injection.)

     On April 16, 2014, a King County prosecutor charged Gabriel Navarro with first-degree murder. He was held in the King County Jail on $2 million bond.

     

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