Murder of Omar Medina by roommate Timothy Cook investigated on See No Evil

Omar Medina poses for a selfie
The cops suspect Timothy Cook killed roommate Omar Medina so he could steal his money. Pic credit: Family pic

See No Evil is examining the murder of Omar Medina, who was butchered in the room he was renting from his killer, Timothy John Cook, in Chula Vista, California.

The 28-year-old Medina hadn’t been living in the detached room long when Cook began complaining about his roommate. He reportedly felt that Medina had disrespected him, was messy, and hadn’t paid his fair share of recent work done by an electrician.

Medina was last heard from on September 30, 2017, when he complained to his sister that he was going to be evicted. Later that day, he contacted his mother to complain about Cook.

The family reported Medina missing a few days later. The police performed a welfare check on Cook’s home and found no sign of him.

The cops noticed that Medina’s room had been completely cleared out and that part of the floor and drywall was missing. Cook said he was performing routine maintenance.

In the meantime, on October 7, Medina’s Cadillac car was discovered on a residential street near the house. It was unlocked and contained several of his belongings, including his computer and guitar.

Timothy Cook had stuffed Omar Medina’s remains into a drum

Medina’s remains were recovered a week later from inside a 55-gallon drum found floating in San Diego Bay. The Harbor Police had noticed human hair protruding from the drum and a rancid smell coming from the container.

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An autopsy revealed that Medina was stabbed a shocking 66 times, mainly in the head, neck, and torso.

The police arrested Cook after coming across surveillance footage that implicated him as the killer. Cook and an accomplice, Derrick Spurgeon, were spotted towing a boat with a large drum into San Diego Bay.

Further surveillance footage showed Cook driving Medina’s Cadillac and disposing of various items used in the murder.

The cops suspected that Cook primarily killed his roommate so he could access about $84,000 that Medina had recently received through an unrelated legal settlement.

Timothy Cook convicted of killing Omar Medina and given a lengthy sentence

Cook claimed he hadn’t killed him but admitted he’d disposed of the body. He said he’d found Medina lying dead in his room and was worried that he’d be blamed for the killing, so he supposedly panicked and cleaned up the crime scene. Cook had previously served 17 years in prison for an attempted murder in 1997.

The killer was eventually found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 56 years to life in prison.

Spurgeon was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for his role in helping Cook dispose of the remains.

See No Evil airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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