Mother charged with murder for ‘shooting dead teenager who raped her 6-year-old daughter’

Connie Serbu, 43, of Naples entered the Collier County Courthouse on Thursday to face one count of second-degree murder for Xavier Sierra’s death.

The trial began with a jury selection and is scheduled to extend through next Friday.

Serbu reportedly shot Sierra to avenge her daughter, according to court records.

The Naples Daily News reports that the entire murder plot began to unfold on May 30, 2016, when Serbu’s daughter revealed that Sierra, a family friend, had a molested her five years prior.

Her daughter’s allegations reportedly enraged Serbu and sparked her intention to kill Sierra.

During the next month, Serbu allegedly began to plan her retaliation against Sierra and set them into motion.

Serbu reached out to Sierra and asked the recent high school graduate to help her assemble a bunk bed for ‘easy money.’

Seven days later John Vargas, Serbu’s developmentally disabled brother, arrived in Naples to visit his sister from New York.

Court records describe Vargas as someone ‘easily persuaded.’

The two siblings went to a local Family Dollar store where, in separate cash transactions, they purchased a flip-phone and a Verizon rechargeable card for the phone.

The flip-phone was reportedly used to communicate exclusively with Sierra through through text and Facebook messenger.

It was through these electronic interactions that Serbu confirmed Sierra would be able to help build the bunk bed.

On that day, Sierra had conducted a job interview at a spray-and-neuter clinic and reportedly waited for Serbu to pick him up from a nearby Winn-Dixie.

Serbu and Vargas left their residence wearing dark, tight clothes, head covers and the soles of their shoes covered in duct tape.

They also brought two handguns, two stun guns, an ice pick and a potato that was used to silence one of the handguns.

Sometime before Serbu allegedly committed the murder, she told her husband to prepare to take care of their two children alone because, ‘she was going to do something.’

They picked Sierra up around 3pm and during the car ride Serbu confronted him about the molestation claims.

The siblings drove Sierra to a remote, undeveloped area at 700 block of Goodlette Road North.

Sierra was able to exit the van and began sprinting away into the nearby woods with Serbu and Vargas chasing him.

At one point during the altercation, Sierra began to struggle with Vargas and began to wrestle him for one of the handguns.

Sierra suffered bullet wounds from both handguns and Vargas was fatally shot in his abdomen.

The  mother is due to stand trial today charged with murdering a man said to have raped her daughter when the youngster was just six.

Connie Serbu, 43, has been charged with the second-degree murder of Xavier Sierra, 18, after allegedly luring him into an isolated wooded area.

Serbu reportedly told Sierra she needed help building a bunk bed, and is then said to have blasted Sierra to death. She picked him up from a job interview at an animal clinic, then quizzed him about the alleged rape while driving, is it alleged.

On arriving at the kill site, Serbu and her brother John Vargas, 29, reportedly chased Sierra down when he tried to run away.

Sierra and Vargas wrestled with the gun, with Sierra shot six times and Vargas receiving one bullet to the abdomen. Both men ended up dying of those injuries shortly afterwards. Serbu was still at the scene when police arrived,  and is said to have made an unrepentant confession.

She reportedly told cops: ‘It’s all my fault. ‘So I don’t care, he raped my daughter … she told me everything that happened.’ Serbu is said to have plotted the murder for months.

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She is said to have told her husband that ‘she was going to do something’  after discovering the alleged sex attack, Serbu is also said to have warned her spouse that he would end up raising their children alone. The mother reportedly told friends what she was plotting, prompting them to beg her to go to the police instead.


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