The murder of Jacquelyn King, whom authorities described as the ex-girlfriend of Jesse King, Matthew Muller’s main suspect in the strangling death of a South Carolina woman, brought about the downfall of Muller. It’s possible he would have never come under the investigative eye had he not been initially accused of brutalizing a landscaper last year and later released after being held without bail for months.
According to court documents, the landscaper, Bryan Ostendorf, accused Muller of brandishing a gun and snatching a decorative fountain from the front yard of his South Carolina home. Though Muller denied the allegation, he was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and battery for the June 4, 2017, incident. After his release, Muller was arrested again on August 6, 2017, after the homeowner he had previously assaulted, Jon Friend, reported that he had been mugged by two men who had taken his keys and yelled “get on the ground, get on the ground” at him. Friend said they took two cellphones, two laptops, and $9,000 worth of jewelry from him in a brazen daytime robbery.
Friends said that the two suspects then left and that when he heard the home being robbed the second time, he called 911. When law enforcement arrived at the victim’s place of business, they found two homes — one belonging to Leroy Best, Muller’s girlfriend — that had been broken into and he had spent his time in between movies stealing Best’s tools and electronics. Two women identified Muller as the suspect who had robbed them.
Hindsight suggests Friend may have caught a lucky break in his connection to the King case: Muller had known Jacquelyn King and her family and had taken a number of family pictures from their home prior to stabbing her to death on September 23, 2017. Friends also said that he and Muller had had a previous confrontation with police over Best’s stolen video surveillance cameras.
Jacquelyn King, pictured at her wedding just a few days before her death, was murdered by Muller.
Hindsight suggests that Friend may have caught a lucky break in his connection to the King case: Muller had known Jacquelyn King and her family and had taken a number of family pictures from their home prior to stabbing her to death on September 23, 2017.
Friend also said that he and Muller had had a previous confrontation with police over Best’s stolen video surveillance cameras.
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