Roberto Guzman allegedly vowed in a 2011 phone call that he’d get even with the masked attacker who had just robbed him and sexually assaulted a girlfriend.
“If someone do something like that, bro, they deserve death,” Guzman said in the July 2, 2011 call secretly recorded by police as part of a drug investigation in Lake County.
Three days later, the Waukegan man in another phone call to the same person allegedly bragged that he would carried out his promise.
“That job got done already, man,” Guzman said in a phone call on the same day 27-year-old David Campbell was tortured with a blowtorch, beaten with a hammer, then strangled.
Guzman, now 24, and three other people were charged last month with murdering Campbell, whose burnt body was dumped in a pond near Barrington shortly after his July 5, 2011 slaying.
Among those charged was 22-year-old Nadia Palacios, whom authorities allege wielded the blowtorch because she believed Campbell had assaulted her.
But when the four were charged Lake County prosecutors said investigators believe Campbell wasn’t among the group of four masked attackers who robbed Guzman and sexually assaulted Palacios.
Legal filings in the case, though, show Guzman was convinced Campbell — whom he allegedly had been involved with in illegal drug deals — took part in the attack.
Asked during the July 5 phone call if he was sure Campbell was involved, Guzman said he was positive because he recognized Campbell’s shoes.
“Yeah, dude, he had the same shoes and he started telling me who...I got the truth out of him,” Guzman said during that call.
Other filings in the case allege that Guzman threatened the other people charged with him in Campbell’s murder if they talked about the killing.
He even warned Palacios “don’t forget, I can put a price on anyone’s head,” according to the legal documents.
A fifth man allegedly involved in Campbell’s slaying still remains at large.
The investigation that included the secretly recorded phone calls resulted in Guzman and another man being arrested last year on felony drug trafficking charges.
Guzman remains jailed without bail.
His attorney on Monday declined to comment on the charges, as did Lake County prosecutors.