Mortal Matrimony, Juatasha Denton-McCaster and Raymel McCaster

The McCasters
In season three, episode 8, we see Mortal Matrimony, the true story of the murder of Raymel McCaster by Juatasha Denton-McCaster . and the love story of Raymel McCaster and Juatasha Denton-McCaster which doesn't end well for Raymel McCaster.

This show is described as the discovery of a dismembered body threatens to reveal a couple's dark secret and put an end to their married bliss. This crime story was shown on both Fatal Attraction and Snapped.

Juatasha Denton-McCaster was sentenced to 78 years (55 years for first-degree murder, 20 years for dismemberment of a body and three years for concealing a homicidal death.) and is eligible for release only after serving all 55 years. She insisted on her innocence at sentencing despite overwhelming evidence against her.

Her appeal (see link) includes:

In June 2014, defendant was convicted of first degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(1) (West 2012)), dismembering a human body (720 ILCS 5/12-20.5 (West 2012)), and concealment of a homicidal death (720 ILCS 5/9-3.4 (West 2012)). The trial court sentenced defendant to mandatorily consecutive prison terms of 55 years for first degree murder, 20 years for dismemberment, and 3 years for concealment.

At the sentencing hearing, the State argued the necessity of a lengthy prison sentence, highlighting the amount of planning defendant put into these crimes and her failure to take responsibility for her actions. Based upon the brutal, senseless nature of the crime and the level of planning put into the offense, the State requested a 79-year prison sentence—consecutive prison terms of 55 years for first degree murder, 20 years for dismemberment, and 4 years for concealment.

Defense counsel highlighted letters submitted by defendant's friends and family describing her good moral character. Defense counsel noted the relevant statutory mitigating factors included defendant's lack of criminal history, defendant's character indicating she is unlikely to commit another crime, and the circumstances underlying the crimes being unlikely to recur. Defense counsel also discussed nonstatutory mitigating factors, including defendant's job history, education, and involvement in her church. Finally, defense counsel indicated defendant maintained her innocence. Based upon these factors, defense counsel requested the minimum sentence of 28 years in prison—20 years for first degree murder, 6 years for dismemberment, and 2 years for concealment. Defendant also spoke in allocution.

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You can write to Juatasha Denton-McCaster at:

Juatasha Denton-McCaster
Juatasha Denton-McCaster R91103
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

You can email Juatasha using Jpay - you will need to select Illinois and use ID R91103

Take Away

Pay attention to people's character! In an intimate relationship you see if someone is lying to others or stealing or doing antisocial things! Everyone said how shocked they were that she would do this, but there WERE signs, people just choose to ignore them. It's easier to overlook red flags then confront them, but do it.

Can't get enough true crime? Consider US Serial Killers for your viewing needs.

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