A man was beaten to death by the boyfriend of a woman who falsely claimed he raped her in a Fairbanks, Alaska motel room on Wednesday.
The woman, 31-year-old Dominique Vasquez, reportedly did not want to admit to her boyfriend, 39-year-old Abraham Stine, that she had cheated on him and so lied about the rape, according to Alaska Dispatch News.
She also knew that Stine had a history of violence when she lied and told him that 37-year-old Wesley Lord — who was also Stine’s cousin — raped her at a the Extended Stay Hotel in Fairbanks.
According to a complaint filed in court Thursday, Stine showed up to the motel after being “ditched” by Vasquez, Lord and two other men. He peeked through the motel room window and came to believe that Vasquez was cheating on him, according to the court filing.
Tyrone Akpik, one of the other men present at the motel, told Stine that Lord had raped Vasquez. Akpik told authorities that Vasquez had asked him and the other man with them to lie on her behalf.
Based on that belief, Stine came into the motel room through a window and began punching and beating Lord.
“Lord didn’t put up much of a fight because he was such a small guy,” Akpik told authorities. He said that Stine beat Lord for five or 10 minutes after he had stopped fighting back.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation noted that Lord had apparently sustained blunt-force trauma to the head.
“Later, Vasquez admitted she lied about being raped by Lord and she had consensual sex with him,” according to the complaint. “Vasquez knew Stine has a history of assaulting people, from her personal experience.”
Both Stine and Vasquez face second-degree murder charges, according to Alaska Dispatch News. Vasquez reportedly held her hand over Lord’s mouth while he was being assaulted.