Unsealed court documents detail murdered DC lawyer's double life

Court documents in The Donovan Hotel murder have been unsealed and they are providing a clearer picture of what happened in early February that led to the death of a D.C. attorney.

According to the documents, David Messerschmitt was leading two very different lives.

To his friends and family, the 30-year-old was a hardworking attorney, Capitol Hill resident and a married man.

But the documents show a different side of Messerschmitt that even his wife was unaware of.

Just days following the murder, Messerschmitt's wife showed police a portable tablet computer with her husband's Gmail account. It was then that police were able to find that Messerschmitt was using an all-male social network known as Grindr, and he had an alternate email account, dcguy456@gmail.com, on Grindr as well as Craigslist -- where detectives say he made the posting for male company to meet him at The Donovan Hotel.

Detectives say that account exchanged messages with a chrissanchez0906@yahoo.com email address. Documents state Messerschmitt asked the person on the other end of the Yahoo account to meet him at Room 400 between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on the night of the murder.

Detectives believe it was Jamyra Gallmon who was using that Yahoo account and they believe it was her seen on surveillance video entering the hotel at 7:45 p.m. on February 9.

The majority of the documents were search warrants filed under seal until now.

What is probably most revealing is the timeline set by them. It is not until a full month after Messerschmitt's body was discovered that detectives uncovered the chrissanchez0906 Yahoo account.

Five days after that, Messerschmitt's wife, Kim Vuong, was asked by police to speak publicly outside D.C. police's headquarters. This occurred exactly one week before Gallmon was arrested for Messerschmitt's murder.

Police also say they uncovered a Google Voice phone number they believe Messerschmitt was using to meet male partners for sexual encounters and it was used to hide the communication from his family.


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