|Beth Marsteller mug shot|
Marsteller is currently an inmate in the County jail. She was the female lead in an alleged Bonnie and Clyde crime spree, early this year, with Joseph Misero. She was in the getaway car when he robbed the Palmer branch of the Wells Fargo Bank, and is accused of participated with him in two thefts from the nearby Sunoco A-Plus gas station.
|Lt. Matt Gerould and Det. Chris Miller|
Humbert's homicide occurred years before, on March 5, 2011. At that time, Marsteller was living with him at his apartment on South 6th Street in Easton. He gave her crack cocaine. She gave him sex and cooked. But the crack cocaine was not enough. Neither was the methadone she was taking. So she stole $20-30 from Humbert's change jar for some heroin, and made a buy from her brother, a few doors away.
Though Humbert himself was a crack cocaine dealer, he had his standards. He confronted Marsteller when she returned, not only for stealing, but for purchasing heroin. Though she smoked 3-4 bags of crack cocaine, she told Humbert she wanted $30 for more heroin, so she would wake up without being "dopesick.". Humbert refused.
He eventually kicked her out. His neighbors, who lived in the apartment above Humbert, returned home from McDonald's around 2 a.m. to see him telling her to leave.
|Ass't DA Bill Blake|
About an hour later, they were awakened by the sounds of a struggle.
"I'll give you anything," they heard a male voice shout, followed by the sounds of sobbing, pushing shaking and two very loud slams.
The next morning. Marsteller and her brother, along with a third person, ran out of Humbert's apartment and into Easton Police Officer Anthony Chaney. She told Officer Chaney that she "was just in my friend's apartment and he has been beat up and is bleeding."
He was dead.
Police on the scene saw blood on the floor near Humbert's head, but no signs of a struggle in the room where they found him. It wasn't until an autopsy was performed that law enforcement realized he had been strangled.
|DA John Morganelli|
Police also took samples of blood stains found on Humbert, and did DNA testing. Eventually, Marsteller was identified as a minor DNA contributor.
Marsteller gave conflicting stories. She told police she was home alone with Humbert all night. A few days later, she told police that he was visited throughout the evening by people buying crack cocaine, and eventually ran out. She told the Grand Jury that she stayed with Humbert until he fell asleep, after which she stole a large jar of change to buy more heroin. She claimed that, when she returned in the morning, she found the door was ajar and Humbert was lying face down on the floor.
She told her drug salesman brother that she "wanted an alibi" and suggested to another that she had been with him.
Then she gave a jailhouse confession to another inmate, after an interview with Easton Detective Chris Miller had her frazzled. She told Trisha Serrao that she jumped on his back and strangled him, until he dropped to the floor, dead. Then she rummaged through his pockets, looking for drugs and money.
Aside from police, the only person who knew that Humbert had been strangled was the person who did it.
Humbert, incidentally, was in poor health. He suffered from diabetes and had a stroke.
Morganelli credited the Easton Police Department for their "exhaustive" work,
Lieutenant Gerould, however, called it a "team effort," noting that the Grand Jury is a "fantastic tool" that "allows us to put pressure and get people to speak to us when they don't want to talk." He added that "no matter how old they are," Easton police are actively investigating every unsolved homicide.
Morganelli, who uses the Grand Jury to work on unsolved murders, stated there are 35 of them in Northampton County.