A San Diego man pleaded guilty July 26 in Texas to murdering his boyfriend who was stabbed 93 times, according to the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Texas.
Alexander Yoichi Duberek, 25, traveled to Plainview, Texas where he stabbed Chad David Luera, 30, according to Texas newspapers. The spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney said she could not identify the victim, but he was identified by media.
Luera was stabbed on the side of a rural farm road in Hale County on Oct. 31, 2020, and the body was dumped elsewhere. Duberek pleaded guilty to committing one count of interstate domestic violence resulting in death.
Duberek faces a life sentence in federal prison, but no sentencing date has been set, said public affairs officer Erin Dooley.
Duberek lived in San Diego with his parents and a few other locations.
“Not every brutal domestic homicide falls within federal jurisdiction, but when it does, we are determined to use whatever tools we have to bring the perpetrator to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham of Northern District of Texas.
“Mr. Duberek now faces the possibility of a life behind bars pondering his evil act,” said Meacham.
“This defendant plotted the murder of an innocent young man, methodically purchasing equipment, locating a stretch of desolate road, and stabbing the victim nearly eight dozen times,” said Meacham.
Duberek told authorities he arrived at the Lubbock airport and purchased a Toyota Camry for $3,000. He drove to a Walmart, where he purchased a knife, a hatchet, a gas can, a collapsible shovel, a change of clothing, and boots.
No specific motive was given by the defendant.
He sold the vehicle, but when investigators found the Camry, they discovered blood in the back seat that matched the victim. Duberek remained at large for five months and returned to San Diego.
Duberek turned himself into the San Diego sheriff’s department on March 18, 2021. While being booked, he was asked about a tattoo of his boyfriend’s first name on his ring finger. He answered that it was the name of the person he had killed, according to Dooley.
Duberek remains in federal prison without bail.
Dooley said the agencies that participated in the investigation included the Hale County sheriff’s office, the Texas Rangers, the FBI, the Texas Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Secret Service.