The killings of Suzanna and Rick Wamsley occurred on this date in
2003. Their deaths set an upscale Mansfield neighborhood on edge. In the end, one of their own children was implicated in the crime along with his girlfriend and a friend. In this installment of Famous Crimes, Staff Writer Nathaniel Jones recounts the murders that shook Mansfield.
-- Lance Murray
If it hadn't been so real, the drama that surrounded the brutal slayings of Suzanna and Rick Wamsley’s inside their posh Mansfield home in December 2003 could have been the script for a film on the Lifetime Movie Network.
Here's the plot: An upper middle class son plots his parents’ death at a local IHOP restaurant in hopes of receiving their $1 million estate.
In the end, five lives were destroyed -- the parents and the trio of characters involved in the ill-advised plan.
Rick and Suzanna Wamsley were asleep in their home on Dec. 11, 2003, when son Andrew Wamsley, top right, girlfriend Chelsea Richardson, middle, and their friend, Susana Toledano, below right, shot and stabbed the couple.
Rick Wamsley, 46, was shot in the head and back and stabbed 21 times. Suzanna Wamsley, 45, died from a gunshot wound to the head and was stabbed 18 times after she died.
Their bodies were discovered the next day.
Four months later, Andrew Wamsley, Richardson, and Toledano were arrested after a clump of hair found in Rick Wamsley’s hand was linked to Toledano. Prosecutors said she carried out the shooting and stabbings at the urging of Andrew Wamsley and Chelsea Richardson.
Toledano struck a deal with prosecutors and agreed to testify against Richardson and Wamsley in exchange for a life sentence.
In 2005, Richardson became the first Tarrant County woman to be sentenced to die. A year later Andrew Wamsley was sentenced to life in prison.
Richardson, 23, remains on Death Row where she’s been for the past two years.
-- Nathaniel Jones