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MX News Update 2024

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‘Three gringos destroyed’ – Chilling testimony in the case of murdered Australians

A Mexican court has heard disturbing details of how Jesús Gerardo, known as ‘El Kekas’, allegedly confessed to killing Perth brothers Jake and Callum Robinson and their American friend Jack Carter Rhoad.

Gerardo is said to have made the confession to his girlfriend Ari Gisel García Cota.

The trio’s bodies were discovered ten meters away in a well, leading to the arrest of three locals, including El Kekas and his 23-year-old girlfriend.

During today’s hearing, El Kekas, wearing an orange jumpsuit and white sneakers, was handcuffed and chained to the ground. He remained unmoved as García Cota, now a key prosecution witness, recounted a conversation in which he admitted to the crimes after returning from camping in Baka, California.

“I basically ruined three gringos,” he allegedly told her. When she inquired further, he allegedly replied, “I killed them.”

Prosecutors said he then gave her a cell phone and said, “look what I got for you,” before taking her outside to show her the new tires on her car that he allegedly took from the trio had stolen.

García Cota said she immediately fled to her mother’s house. She was later arrested by police and told them she wanted to cooperate with the investigation. She said she told police she was a mother and a victim of domestic violence. García Cota was later charged with drug possession after methamphetamine was found in her possession.

Jesús Gerardo has been charged in connection with the surfers' disappearance.

Murder charges expected

The Robinson brothers were surfing and camping in a remote part of northern Mexico when they were reportedly shot execution-style in what authorities described as a “robbery gone wrong.” The police assume that the trio resisted the attackers. Their bodies were found a short distance from their campsite.

Today El Kekas was charged with forcible kidnapping. Although his charges have not yet been upgraded to murder, authorities said this was expected in the coming days.

They alleged that El Kekas robbed the men of tires, cash and electronic valuables and suspected others were involved in the crime.

Baja California Attorney General María Elena Andrade Ramírez said “with regard to the murder, the prosecutor’s office will also file associated criminal charges.”

“While the foreigners were camping, they were surprised by Jesús and other people, with the intention of stealing their vehicle and in response to the victims’ reaction, they took their lives,” she said.

“During the investigation conducted, the white Chevrolet Colorado vehicle in which the victims were traveling was found burned.

“Other evidence, such as tent rods, firearm shells, plastic gallon bottles, bloodstains and drag marks, was also collected at the site where they are believed to have camped.”

El Kekas did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for November 8.