, 2022-07-26 15:23:07,
A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to traveling from California to Hale County where he stabbed his boyfriend to death two years ago.
Alexander Yoichi Duberek appeared before U.S. Magistrate judge John R. Parker and pleaded guilty to a count of interstate domestic violence in connection with the stabbing death of 30-year-old Chad Luera, whose body was found Nov. 2 on the side of the road on FM 400.
The charge carries up to life in prison. Duberek entered his plea ahead of a trial that was set to begin on Monday.
Duberek was arrested in March after surrendering to police in California in connection with the Oct. 31, 2020 stabbing death of 30-year-old Chad Luera, whose body was found Nov. 2, 2020 on the side of the road on FM 400.
A search warrant filed on March 15, 2021 states Duberek and Luera were approaching their first-year anniversary.
Duberek was extradited to Texas in April 2021. His bond is set at $5 million, according to court records.
Duberek, who is being held at the Bailey County jail, was indicted Sept. 9 on a count of interstate domestic violence, which carries a punishment of up to life in federal prison.
The indictment alleges Duberek traveled across state lines on Oct. 31, 2020 intending to kill his boyfriend.
Duberek admitted that he traveled from San Diego, California, to Lubbock and Plainview intending to kill his boyfriend. He also admitted that when he traveled from San Diego to Lubbock and Plainview, he had the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate “John Doe,” his intimate or dating partner
Duberek fled the scene in Plainview and drove to Houston, where he abandoned the 2009 Toyota Camry. The vehicle was eventually located in Houston and a search of the vehicle revealed blood in the back seat area and on the trunk latch and the same collapsible shovel Duberek purchased at Walmart in the trunk. Blood in the vehicle was confirmed to be Doe’s blood after DNA testing was performed.
Duberek and Luera began dating about September 2019. Duberek traveled from San Diego to Plainview at least three times during the relationship to spend time with Luera.
However, Duberek began losing control of his temper and planned to travel to Texas to injure and murder Luera. He began telling people he was moving to Texas to live near Luera.
Duberek flew to Lubbock on Oct. 31, 2020 and told his family that he booked a room at the Comfort Suites hotel in Plainview. However, investigators discovered that Duberek never made a reservation at the hotel.
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