Two convicted of murdering American Indian chief for insurance

Dominic Sarkar’s domestic partner and another convicted of first-degree murder in California murder-for-hire conspiracy

In the early morning hours of October 8, 2018, Dominic Sarkar, an Indian American executive chef working in Mountain View, California, was found shot dead while sleeping in his bedroom inside his residence in Fremont.

Three and a half years later, a jury found his domestic partner Maria Moore and a Marvel Salvant guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances in a murder-for-hire conspiracy.

On Feb. 7, the jury also found the allegation to be true that Salvant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, according to a press release from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Moore and Salvant are scheduled to be sentenced on March 9.

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According to the prosecution case, Moore, who was the beneficiary of Sarkar’s life insurance policies, conspired with Salvant to murder Sarkar in order to collect $800,000 in life insurance benefits on his life.

Shortly after the murder, Moore told Fremont police in 2018 that she had a casual sexual relationship with Sarkar.

In April 2016, Sarkar and Moore purchased a $500,000 life insurance policy insuring Sarkar’s life. She was listed as his domestic partner and her two daughters were listed as possible beneficiaries.

Months later, in September 2016, a change of beneficiary was submitted, removing Sarkar’s daughters from the force and naming Moore’s son as the eventual beneficiary.

In 2017, Sarkar purchased an additional $300,000 insurance policy insuring her life with her daughters listed as the sole beneficiaries. In January 2018, this policy was also changed by removing Sarkar’s daughters and naming Moore as the sole beneficiary.

Evidence showed Moore wired $500 to Salvant in September 2018, less than a month before the murder, the prosecution alleges. Cellphone records showed text messages between Moore and Salvant before and immediately after the murder.

Electronic evidence, including cellphone location data records, showed Salvant moving from his workplace to Fremont in the Sarkar neighborhood.

Meanwhile, surveillance footage from neighborhood cameras near Sarkar’s residence showed Salvant’s vehicle circling the area prior to the killing and eventually parking blocks from the victim’s residence.

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A man was then seen in the footage cycling towards the victim’s residence from where the defendant Salvant’s vehicle parked. Minutes after the murder, the same man was seen on video footage returning to the vehicle.

Cellphone location data then showed Salvant leaving the area to return to his residence in the Sacramento area, the prosecution alleges.

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