Stylist’s wife is charged in death

LAPD ar­rests wo­man and her boyfriend in the stab­bing death of Fabio Se­men­tilli.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna and Richard Win­ton joseph.serna@la­times.com

The wife of a hair prod­ucts mogul who was found stabbed to death in his Wood­land Hills home in Jan­uary was charged with cap­i­tal mur­der Fri­day along with her boyfriend, the Los Angeles Po­lice Depart­ment said Fri­day.

Mon­ica Se­men­tilli, 45, and Robert Baker, 55, were ar­rested Wednesday in the San Fer­nando Val­ley and booked on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing Fabio Se­men­tilli.

The body of the 45-yearold hair­dresser was found in a pool of blood on the pa­tio of his home Jan. 23. Ini­tially, his death ap­peared to be the re­sult of a home-in­va­sion rob­bery. How­ever, af­ter months of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, de­tec­tives de­ter­mined that his death was the re­sult of a plot to col­lect $1.6 mil­lion in life in­surance, ac­cord­ing to LAPD Rob­bery Homi­cide Capt. Wil­liam Hayes.

“Fabio Se­men­tilli was di­rectly tar­geted in this case,” Hayes said. “Mon­ica Se­men­tilli and Robert Baker were in­volved in an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship.”

Mon­ica Se­men­tilli and Baker were charged Fri­day with cap­i­tal mur­der with a spe­cial cir­cum­stance of mur­der for fi­nan­cial gain, mak­ing them el­i­gi­ble for the death penalty. They are be­ing held with­out bail. Po­lice say a third per­son, still at large, was in­volved in the plot, but they still don’t know who that per­son is.

Hayes said the two men were seen jog­ging up to the home be­fore the slay­ing, drove away in the dead man’s Porsche and were recorded by a sur­veil­lance cam­era as they aban­doned the ve­hi­cle five miles away.

DNA col­lected at the crime scene and in the ve­hi­cle matched Baker’s, Hayes said. Ad­di­tional DNA at the scene be­longed to an un­known per­son who could not be found in state and na­tional data­bases, Hayes said. Baker’s DNA was in the sys­tem be­cause he was con­victed in 1993 of lewd and las­civ­i­ous con­duct with a mi­nor and is a reg­is­tered sex of­fender, ac­cord­ing to Hayes. In­ves­ti­ga­tors do not be­lieve Mon­ica Se­men­tilli was present dur­ing the slay­ing, Hayes said.

Fabio Se­men­tilli, who was born in Canada,was a vice pres­i­dent of education for the cos­met­ics gi­ant Coty, ac­cord­ing to Mod­ern Salon mag­a­zine. “Se­men­tilli men­tored tens of thou­sands of hair­dressers with a hand­son ap­proach ei­ther on a oneto-one ba­sis or on a grander scale,” Mod­ern Salon wrote.

Af­ter his death, Mirella Rota Se­men­tilli said on Face­book that her brother had a “pro­found ex­is­tence” that af­fected fam­ily, col­leagues, friends and the beauty in­dus­try. “You left be­hind pre­cious mem­o­ries that we will for­ever hold close to our hearts,” she wrote. “I will never ac­cept the suf­fer­ing they put you through be­cause be­ing your older sis­ter meant ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all your pain with you. I’m so hurt and I hope you will give me strength and guid­ance to live the life you were so proud of.”

Days be­fore his death, Fabio Se­men­tilli had posted a pho­to­graph of his 1987 hair­styl­ist cer­ti­fi­ca­tion on Face­book in cel­e­bra­tion of his 30 years of work in the field. “[Thirty years] ago today I re­ceived my hair­styl­ist cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and my pro­fes­sional ca­reer started with op­ti­mism, an im­mi­grant fam­ily work ethic with no pedi­gree in hair­dress­ing to speak of but I had a strong con­vic­tion with hopes and dreams,” he wrote.

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