[Updated] Gay Porn Star Mario Romo’s Murder Trial Underway In San Diego

Posted April 26, 2017 by with 14 comments

romoNote: This post is being continually updated below.

Gay porn star and prostitute David Enrique Meza’s murder trial started this week in San Diego, and if the jury finds him guilty, the former Sean Cody model will face life in prison.

Meza (a.k.a. Sean Cody’s Francisco) was arrested in late 2015 after his wealthy, older gay lover Jake Merendino was found dead in a Mexican ravine with his throat slashed, and over 20 stab wounds in his chest and stomach. Meza is charged with Foreign Domestic Violence Resulting In Murder and Conspiracy To Obstruct Justice. Images of Merendino’s body were presented at trial this week:

meza1Prosecutors allege that Meza “murdered his lover, because [he] believed he stood to gain millions of dollars and a beautiful condominium on the beach in Rosarito,” and they’re presenting multiple forms of evidence, including Meza’s prostitution ads and gay porn videos, handwritten letters from Meza to Merendino, DNA samples, and photos of the couple in Mexico:

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It’s unclear what Meza’s defense team has planned as they begin to argue their side to the jury, but his lawyers did have a bizarre order granted yesterday, with the court allowing them to present 30 bamboo skewers and a full size mannequin for demonstrative evidence:

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Meza’s girlfriend and mother of his child, Taylor Marie Langston (seen below with Meza), had originally faced a conspiracy charge in connection to the murder as well, but Str8UpGayPorn can now report that Langston has taken a plea deal and pleaded guilty, so she’s not part of this week’s trial. Langston is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

meza4If found guilty, Meza will be the second gay-for-pay Sean Cody model convicted of a brutal murder, following Jason Andrews (Sean Cody’s Addison). Andrews was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for stabbing a Florida man with whom he and his wife had an orgy.

UPDATE 4/21/17:

Judge Miller has granted defense’s request to bring in a large piece of wood for use (for some sort of demonstration) during closing argument.

jurEarlier this month, at the beginning of the trial, Meza’s defense was allowed to present bamboo skewers and a mannequin as demonstrative evidence.

Closing arguments in the murder and obstruction of justice case—for which the Sean Cody model faces life in prison if convicted—could conclude as early as Monday, at which point jury deliberations will begin.

juryUPDATE 4/27:

Closing arguments were presented on 4/24, and the case then went to the jury. They’ll begin their fifth day of deliberations tomorrow, 4/28.

  • JStar377

    I know this has been a story for awhile, but I feel like it is necessary to point out that this murder is just plain lazy. If Robert Durst can chop up his neighbor Dexter style, then leaving your victim in ditch is half-assing it. Also not surprised at the order being granted. 9th circuit is pretty lenient and its a murder charge so whats the harm?!

  • Zealot

    No human should end their life in a crumpled heap at the bottom of a ravine. It’s dehumanizing for a human to wind up like this especially over something as inconsequential as money. Whores like Meza and his worthless piece-of-shit girlfriend will never get what they should…which in my mind is to end up murdered in the same way and dumped over the side of a cliff to rot. I realize I’m skipping over the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing and I’ll be the first to admit I’m wrong if proven that Merendino ran his neck across a knife and stabbed himself twenty times with bamboo skewers just prior to throwing himself over a cliff to die.

  • Eric

    I look forward to his conviction and hopefully getting life in prison. This was a disgusting act.

  • asby

    Why can’t these G4P guys just enjoy the ride, living the high life . Save some of that money and gifts you are getting … Call it a day… Clearly these dudes are not smart enough to hold a decent job.

  • Trepakprince

    He did it in the right state. By now in Texas he would have been on the EZ tag to death row.

    • http://twitter.com/seaguy11 Seaguy

      The murder actually occured in Mexico but being the victim and the suswpect were US citizens the trial is taking place near where they crossed the border.

  • WhimsyCotton

    Wow. What a shitty way to end up. Just leaving the poor guy who gave you a life of luxury to rot in a ditch. Meza deserves whatever he gets (as long as that something is life or lethal injection of course).

    • nick

      Life in prison hopefully, I don’t believe in the death penalty, it’s too quick a way out.

      • WhimsyCotton

        Don’t they wait years on a waiting-list before it’s their turn? He can enjoy that feeling of dread every time his date gets postponed. It’ll help him feel a bit of the terror his sugar daddy felt when he was stabbing him.

  • Ninja0980

    Lock him up and throw away the key.

  • badgamer1967
    • Maximus

      I throw so much shade at others that it’s only fair to toss some at myself on occasion. It keeps me grounded.

  • Steve

    Bamboo skewers and a mannequin. Hmmm…let me guess. They will argue he fell into a patch of bamboo and that is how he ended up with all the stab wounds.

    If that is the defense good luck.

  • Eric

    Fifth day of deliberations? That doesn’t sound very promising for a conviction…that would be depressing if this guy got off.