Erik Grumpelt's Girlfriend Admitted to Cheating on Him -- So He Murdered Her and Lived in Apartment With Corpse for More Than Two Months

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Erik Grumpelt lived with his girlfriend's dead body on the floor of his apartment for more than two months.
Erik Grumpelt's girlfriend admitted to him that she'd had sex with other men in his bed. He then kneed her in the lower abdomen several times as the two were in that very bed, apparently killing her.

That was more than months ago, and Grumpelt's been living with the decomposing body in his apartment ever since -- until his arrest yesterday morning, that is.

According to Mesa police, Grumpelt admitted to kneeing his girlfriend, 39-year-old Malinda Raya, in the abdomen three or four times on the morning of May 19 --  after she admitted to sleeping with other men in his bed.

Cops were only called on Monday -- more than two months after Raya's death.

The body was found in Grumpelt's apartment in the Shorebird Apartment Homes near U.S. 60 and Country Club Drive in Mesa. It was wrapped in sheets on the floor of his bedroom and carpet deodorizers and air fresheners were found near the corpse in an attempt to mask the odor of a body in "advanced stages of decomposition."

Grumpelt stayed at his father's house Sunday night and told him about the dead girlfriend he had stashed in his apartment. His father discovered the body the next day and called Chandler paramedics, who called the Mesa Police Department once the body was discovered.

Following his arrest, Grumpelt told police he gave Raya CPR for about 30 minutes after the assault, but was unable to revive her. He admitted to kneeing her in the abdomen, but says killing her was an accident.

According to Mesa police, Grumpelt was admitted to the Chandler Regional Hospital on Monday morning. It's unclear why, but we've requested his arrest report, which probably will provide more details.

Grumpelt was released from the hospital yesterday and booked into jail on one count of second-degree murder. He was being held without bond.

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Brian
Brian like.author.displayName 1 Like

I dated Malinda for many years through high school and out and was a friend of hers still years after and all I can say is that she was a beautiful person all around and she did not deserve what happened to her no matter what she did. This guy who did this to her absolutely needs the death penalty.

Kris Bouck
Kris Bouck like.author.displayName 1 Like

I grew up with Malinda.. I have not talked to her in years but a friend of mine was very good friends with her. She did not deserve this.  I really don't know the story but I do know she has two gorgeous kids and had alot of friends. She wasnt reported missing because this guy was allegedly sending text messages out from her phone, making people think she was ok. There is a celebration of Malinda's life going on this Sat eve at the Monistary in Mesa. Rest in Peace Malinda.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Very sick  how could it not smell  with the heat  glad he was caught  DO not let him out bond or no bond he needs to go to PRISON FOR LIFE.  

Phoenix
Phoenix

"My partner cheated" will never fly as a murder defense, except among reptilian-brained meth heads. People cheat on people every day. Cheating does not justify murder. If it's true, he should've just broken up with her, and kicked her out of the apartment.  I'm willing to bet that he was regularly violent and abusive, with or without her cheating.

Airy
Airy

Is this story something out of Mayberry? Woman cheats on man? Ooo...what next?

Kuei
Kuei

She deserved it.

Jdcwarwick
Jdcwarwick like.author.displayName 1 Like

Man ur a real punk bitch. I knew her and she was Good person ! Its not her fault the last time you had pussy, was when pussy had you! Stop wasting the air I breathe LOSER.

Kris Bouck
Kris Bouck like.author.displayName 1 Like

Asshole.. gee if I killed every guy who cheated on me, used me, or was a just plain manwhore behind my back, I'd be a serial killer. You don't look like a catch so I can see why you would side with this guy.

Fred
Fred like.author.displayName 1 Like

Malinda was a beautiful person who does not deserve your ignorance.

Kuei
Kuei

Yes she does. And, she's not beautiful now.

Phoenix
Phoenix like.author.displayName 1 Like

What evidence says that she even cheated? Anything other than Grumpelt's claims? Because, of course, it's impossible that he could be mentally disturbed or lying in a lame attempt to justify his actions.

Let's all just take the word of an apparent drug addict/ certifiably batshit crazy person, who lived with a dead body for two months. I'm sure he's a trustworthy source.   

RonaldMcDonald69
RonaldMcDonald69

I'm no psychic, but my spirit guides are telling me methamphetamine played a part in this little misunderstanding.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander

did he think it was just gunna go away. dude looks like a fuckin tweeker. give him the gas chamber

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Wow, I used to live at the Shorebird Apts years ago. It's not a bad area.

Kaz411
Kaz411

Shorebird Apts was my first apartment.. but I would say its not a great complex and didnt even have central air when I was living there. That was in the mid 1990s. Country Club and Southern is not a very good area and Im not sure why Malinda was staying there.

Tcaldwell335
Tcaldwell335

theresa I live here in the shorebird. Im sickend by it

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