Widower Who Publicly Grieved And Cried Over His Wife Turned Out To Be The Murderer

Widower Who Publicly Grieved And Cried Over His Wife Turned Out To Be The Murderer

The husband always seemed like he was crying for her and had even led many events in her memory.

Screencapture / L'ÉQUIPE / BFMTV / Youtube

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 13, 2021. It has since been updated.

Alexia Daval, a 29-year-old bank employee, had apparently gone jogging and never returned. When the police investigated, they found her charred remains hidden under branches near their town of Gray-la-Ville in eastern France. It was one of the grizzliest murders to have captured the public attention and the pressure on the police to apprehend the killer was immense. Alexia's family was heartbroken but would have never thought that her husband, Jonathann Daval, who was mourning her death beside them, was the culprit all along. 

R - Jonathann Daval / Screencapture / L'ÉQUIPE / BFMTV / Youtube

At first, the story the husband had told the police seemed believable, There have been a number of high-profile cases where solo runners were targeted by opportunist attackers. It seemed like Alexia had met the same fate. Daval had always cut a distraught figure, appearing in tears at every press conference with his in-laws. He was even leading one of several events organized countrywide in her memory.

But in a shocking turn of events, Daval confessed to being the culprit. A French court sentenced Daval to 25 years in prison for killing his wife and then burning her body. The 36-year-old had apparently said “Sorry, Sorry” in the dock, looking towards his wife’s parents as they watched in disbelief. Daval confessed to beating his wife and strangling her. He then explained that he had burned her body in the woods after reporting that she was missing, according to The Guardian