Monday, December 17 2012, 01:37 PM CST
MMW Worst Offenders: Robert Acremant
MEDFORD, Ore. - Medford's most wanted criminal on record is a man who police say stopped at nothing to kill.
Robert Acremant was convicted of brutally murdering Roxanne Ellis and Michelle Abdill on Dec. 4, 1995.
The two women were a lesbian couple and property managers.
The women's bodies were found dead in the back of a pick-up truck at an apartment complex on Stage Street days after they disappeared.
"It was really a who done it for a week to two weeks and it really woke up what in other words was a pretty sleepy little town where there wasn't a lot of violent crimes and all of a sudden we had two women who were kidnapped, we didn't know where they were for several days, then we found their bodies and it really put the community on edge," Deputy Chief Tim Doney with the Medford Police Dept. said.
It wasn't until Acremant was captured in California that police learned why he pulled the trigger.
"Robert Acremant had developed a relationship with a stripper in Las Vegas, spent a substantial amount of money on the stripper and when he ran out of money, she ran out of time for him," Doney said. "He hatched a plan where he thought he could kidnap a property manager in a robbery attempt and his idea was to get the property manager to write him a check."
Detectives say Acremant saw that Ellis was dressed well and figured she was loaded. He got her to show him a property on Sheraton Court in northeast Medford where he took her hostage, but he didn't stop there.
"He was able to coax Michelle Abdill over to that location who was Roxanne's domestic partner and at that time he killed both of them in an effort to cover up his crime," Doney said.
"What we learned after his capture, he was not only involved in the murder of both women in Medford in 1995 but in October of 1995, he also killed a young man, Scott George in Visalia, CA, and dumped his body down a mine shaft in the Sierra Nevadas," Doney said.
Acremant admitted to killing three times. He said George was his first victim.
To add to multiple murders, Acremant was convicted of a number of crimes in several states. Many of those crimes were robberies to finance his obsession with his stripper girlfriend.
In court, Acremant was sentenced to death which was the only death penalty in Jackson County since it was re-instated in Oregon.
But a recent appeal switched Acremant's sentence to a life sentence.
"It really was a case of a lifetime, it's just one of those things that we're still dealing with to this day, with appeal processes and things like that, so it feels like it's the case that keeps on giving and giving," Doney said.