Late Sunday, Stephen Michael Shappell, 21, was arrested in Denver in relation to the Philadelphia-area murder of Kevin Mengel Jr., 33, who owned a landscaping business where Shappell worked.
Morgan Mengel, Kevin's wife, has also been charged in the crime, which involves spiked Snapple, a bludgeoning and the dumb criminal's worst enemy: his cell phone.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has details on the sordid story, which reportedly was spurred by an affair between Shappell and Morgan Mengel.
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Earlier in June, Morgan told local police, she and Shappell put a drug of some type into Kevin's lemon Snapple. Afterward, she added, Shappell killed Kevin with a shovel.
Kevin's mother subsequently reported that her son was missing. Detectives who began looking at the case apparently spooked Shappell, who hit the road shortly before Kevin's body was found in a shallow grave by cadaver dogs.
How was Shappell found so quickly? The usual way: Instead of ditching his cell phone, he kept it with him, giving cops an easy way to track him. And they did, locating him in Denver.
He probably won't get a chance to enjoy his Colorado jail cell for long, Pennsylvania authorities have begun the process of extraditing him. He'll have a tough time digging himself out of this mess, despite his reputed skill with a shovel.