When 25-year-old Mario Romo made his debut on Sean Cody‘s website in 2010, he was one of the brightest burning stars in gay-for-pay adult entertainment. Today, he’s sitting in a Texas jail cell, awaiting trail for allegedly murdering his wealthy ex-lover.
According to freshly unsealed FBI files obtained by Str8UpGayPorn, Romo, who was born in Mexico and whose real name is David Enrique Meza, has been indicted on multiple charges surrounding the brutal stabbing murder of 52-year-old Texas businessman Jake Clyde Merendino.
The FBI documents claim that Merendino and Romo were lovers prior to the May 2015 murder, even though Romo identifies as straight and has a girlfriend. Merendino provided luxury housing for Romo, including an oceanfront condo at Palacio del Mar and a brand new motorcycle.
Before murdering him, authorities believe Romo and his girlfriend, Taylor Marie Langston, who was pregnant with Romo’s child at the time, convinced Merendino to name Romo as his sole heir in a hastily handwritten will on a hotel notepad in December 21, 2014.
The murder took place five months later, between 7 and 8 PM on May 1, 2015 outside Bobby’s By The Sea hotel in Palacio del Mar. Merendino was found in the parking lot. He had been stabbed over 20 times in the chest and stomach before having his throat slashed.
Witnesses say they heard a motorcycle leaving the area shortly after the crime. And surveillance video along the U.S./Mexico border shows Langston speeding back into the United States in a black SUV with no license plate later that night.
Not long after the murder, Romo brought the handwritten will to Merendino’s lawyer in an attempt to claim his inheritance.
When detectives interviewed Romo, he denied having anything to do with the murder, though he did admit that he and Langston had been thinking about robbing Merendino but got cold feet. Meanwhile, Langston denied ever being in Mexico and offered an alibi for the night of the murder. That alibi later denied being with her.
Romo has been slapped with federal counts of interstate or foreign domestic violence resulting in murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Langston is accused of obstruction of justice, false statement to a federal officer, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
If convicted on all counts, Romo faces life in prison. Langston faces up to 20 years.
A pre-trial meeting is scheduled for October 14.