Boyfriend pleads guilty to murdering, mutilating Theresa Dekeyzer

A Warren woman found dead months after she disappeared and her boyfriend charged with her murder.

On Wednesday Scott Wobbe made a plea in court admitting to killing Theresa Dekeyzer - and as the suspect's attorney says, his client is making a big mistake.

"Mr. Wobbe is it your intention after hearing all your rights to plea no contest to the charge of murder in first degree and disinterment of a body," said Judge Mary Chrzanowski from 16th Circuit Court.

Wobbe: "Yes

"Then pleas accepted," Chrzanowski said.

His attorney says his client was scheduled to go to trial Wednesday in the murder case of Dekeyzer, 22, whose body was found cemented in a drum in Plymouth Township last year.

Dekeyzer went missing last June. Her family maintained that hours before she disappeared that she was assaulted by Wobbe. After an investigation, Wobbe was arrested in October and charged with the murder.

"He decided to go against my advice that he did not want to go to trial, he wanted to forgo that," said Wobbe's attorney, Raymond Cassar. "So he plead no contest to the charges."

And that plea comes with consequences.

"Do you realize that I have no discretion at the time of sentencing," asked Chrzanowski to Wobbe. "That this sentence is a mandatory life in prison without parole?"

Wobbe: "Yes." 

Cassar says he has never had a client to go against his advice like this.

"It's very unusual," he said. "In my 31 years I've never had this happen, but as a defense attorney you have to take into consideration the wishes and desires of your client."

Dekeyzer's family members were in court Wednesday and told FOX 2 they are also surprised by the plea and are waiting on some type of closure when Wobbe is actually sentenced in June.

Cassar says he believes his client did not want the family of Dekeyzer to have to relive the details of what lead to her death.

"I think it says a lot about him and his character," Cassar said. "I think there is a tremendous amount of grief and remorse as to what happened with Theresa Dekeyzer."

Wobbe still has time to change his plea, Cassar said.

"It's always possible," he said. "He could always have a change of heart but I don't know if that will be the case."

Cassar says his client will learn his fate when he is sentenced on June 30.
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