Man Charged in Triple Homicide Involving Former Hegla USA President
April 21, 2011
Eugene "Gino" Ferri has been charged with first-degree murder in the triple homicide case of Gilles and Helga Delisles and Peter Weith, the former president of Hegla USA. Ferri has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths and has been in custody since April 8, when he was arrested in El Paso, Texas, and charged with concealing encumbered property after authorities said they discovered he had $1 million worth of animal trophies in his possession, reports the KVIA ABC 7 news site.
The bodies of the three victims were found inside the Delisles' home on the morning of April 15, 2010. Sheriff's officials said Gilles was found face down in the kitchen with several gunshot wounds, his wife was found five feet away with a gunshot to the head, and Weith was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a bathroom at the south end of the home.
According to ABC 7, an unnamed cooperating witness met with Ferri the night of April 14, 2010, and dropped him off at the Delisles' home before leaving the scene. The witness reportedly met with Ferri later that night and said Ferri was driving the Delisles' white Pathfinder, and later said what he did at the Delisles' home "felt good to him."
Information about a possible motive has not been released, but news reports note that Ferri and the three killed knew each other through business dealings.
Ferri also has been charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $5 million bond.