News Brief: Gay Porn Star Found Guilty of Murder

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News Brief Gay Porn Star Mario Romo Found Guilty of Murder

News Brief Gay Porn Star Mario Romo Found Guilty of Murder

News Brief:  Gay Porn Star Found Guilty of Murder

A federal jury has convicted gay adult film star Mario Romo in the murder of his boyfriend, who was stabbed 24 times including a slash to his throat, earlier this month.

Romo started his career with Sean Cody in 2010 and has since worked for nearly a dozen gay studios under the names Francisco and Elder Gonzalez.  His birth name is David Meza.

Romo was found guilty after Mexican authorities found Jake Clyde Merendino stabbed to death and dumped in a Baja ravine near a highway between Rosarito and Ensenada.

According to evidence presented at trial in the U.S., Romo, then 23, and Merendino, then 49, met online in June 2013 and were involved in a romantic relationship.  At the same time, Romo was also involved in a long-term romantic relationship with Taylor Marie Langston, a Chula Vista High graduate who was pregnant with his child at the time of the murder.  Prosecutors said Romo was living a double life.

Merendino’s death came two days after he closed escrow on a luxury oceanfront condominium at Palacio del Mar in Rosarito.  Romo was the beneficiary, prosecutors said.

Romo was convicted on one count of interstate domestic violence resulting in murder and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.  He faces life in prison, when he is sentenced in August.

 Langston also was charged in the indictment; she pleaded guilty but has yet to be sentenced.