British trainee dental nurse, 26, travels to Arizona to marry death row, 35, after telling her family she is going on vacation to Disney World
- Rebecca Short, 26, from Oxfordshire, told her family that she had been on vacation in the United States.
- She posted pictures of her in Disney World, Florida, in Mickey Mouse ears
- However, she surprised her relatives when she also married a death row prisoner in the United States.
- Manuel Ofanti Jr., 35, faces death by lethal injection for double murder
A British trained dental nurse says she was going to Disney World before traveling to Arizona and marrying a death row inmate who killed two people and dumped their bodies in an alley.
Rebecca Short, 26, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, told her family she was vacationing in the US and even posted vacation footage from Disney World, Florida, and Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
However, she surprised her relatives by publishing photos of her marrying Mexican-American double killer Manuel Ofanti Jr., 35, who is on death row at Faith Prison, Florence, Arizona.
Ofanti spent more than a decade in prison after being sentenced to death in 2010 for killing two men while searching for methamphetamine in 2008.
Rebecca Short, 26, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, told her family she had been vacationing in Disney World, Florida, before saying she had married a US death row inmate.
The trained dental nurse posted a picture of her in the ears of Mickey Mouse from Disney World, Florida
Ofanti went to a man’s home on June 11, 2008 with three friends while they were looking for drugs.
The group faced a woman and two men inside. Ofanti shot a woman twice in the head while she was sleeping, wounding both men.
Offant and his friends then took one of the wounded with them in a truck as he bled to death from his wounds.
They threw the man’s body in an alley. The other injured survived the attack.
The double killer was allowed to leave his cell for the wedding of his British bride on April 14 and smiled as he posed for a photo.
Rebecca celebrated the marriage to the Ovante family, displaying a tiered wedding cake with black cream and the phrase “Till death do us part!”
Ovante is one of 113 inmates on death row at an Arizona prison, where prisoners who are normally scheduled to be executed spend 17 years before being killed by lethal injection.
She celebrated the wedding with a tiered cake of red roses and black icing that read “Till death do us part!”
She also formed with the family of the double killer after she married him. I interviewed Manuel Ofanti Jr., 35, a death row inmate at Faith Prison, Florence, Arizona, via an inmate-friendly website.
One of her friends said in an interview with The Sun that she “was always obsessed with watching Netflix documentaries about serial killers in America, but no one thought she’d run away and marry one.”
A woman from Oxfordshire appeared in a black dress with Mexican-American Ovante, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit from prison.
I wrote to him after I found his messenger friend’s profile online, which said, “It’s easy to get on with this and I tend to be an idiot.”
Ofanti also wrote that he is “very loyal to the people I care about.”
He said: No one is perfect, so I hope I won’t judge the mistakes of the past.
I love reading and listening to music. I have a daughter named Bonnie.
Not sure what to look for in a messenger friend so I guess you’ll have to surprise me.
What did Manuel Ovante Jr. do to sentence him to death?
On June 11, 2008, Manuel Ofanti Jr. and three friends headed to Jordan Trujillo’s house, hoping she would give them methamphetamine.
Trujillo refused, but Ofante repeatedly returned that day in an attempt to get the drug. When Ovante and his friends entered the Trujillo house last time, they met Trujillo, who was sleeping on the living room sofa, as well as Damien Vickers, and Gabriel Valenzuela.
Without expressing anger or distress, Avanti suddenly pulled out a gun.
He aimed the gun at Valenzuela and shouted: ‘[W]Did you leave the security on?
Offante released the safety, pointed the gun back at Valenzuela, and ordered him not to move.
He then shot a sleeping Trujillo twice in the head and shot Valenzuela and Vickers multiple times, injuring both.
Trujillo appeared to die almost immediately but Vickers called for help and Valenzuela called the police.
After the shooting, Avanti and two of his friends got into a truck and tried to convince the third friend, Nathan Doran, to leave Vickers.
Instead, Doran drags Vickers into the back of the truck. Vickers was bleeding from his gunshot wounds, holding on to Doran, and asking to be taken to the hospital.
Ofanti refused to do so. After Vickers died in the truck, Avanti decided to dump his body in an alley. Valenzuela, who remained in the apartment, survived the attack.
Ovante was arrested about a month later. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.
The court handed down life sentences with possible parole after twenty-five years for Trujillo’s murder, death for the Vickers murder, and a reduced six-year sentence for aggravated assault on Valenzuela.