Nicholis J. Wilcox, a father of three who worked in construction and specialized in roofing, was 39 years old when police officers found him dead in a dumpster behind a shopping center in Broward County.
Wilcox, who was from Connecticut and lived in Plantation, got caught up in a love triangle between roommates Isabella Tagliarini and Eric Robinson that turned deadly in 2017, according to prosecutors.
In a courtroom, during Robinson’s trial, Tuesday, jurors watched Assistant State Attorney Peter Sapak display evidence that officers found around Wilcox’s body near Nob Hill Road and Cleary Boulevard.
“That is the gray tarp that the body was wrapped in,” Plantation Cpt. Jessica Ryan said in court during the murder suspect’s trial.
Sapak showed photographs of Wilcox’s body to the jury. He also detectives to describe how Tagliarini confessed to her role in the crime and what the townhouse where they lived, at 7201 NW 15 St., was like when they searched it.
“I observed … a blood droplet on the counter by the sink,” Detective Lance Schurkman said adding that he also saw a “blood smear” in the residential complex’s pool area.
Sgt. Christopher King told the jury that he remembered there was “an overwhelming smell of household cleaning products” in the townhouse’s master bedroom.
“All of the furniture was in the middle of the room, there was no mattress in the room, and the wall on the south side of the room was freshly painted,” King said in court
Nicholas Tagliarini, who had divorced Isabella Tagliarinnin in 2016, reported the crime, according to prosecutors. She said Robinson had been in jail in August 2017, and even though they had broken up a relationship, he was enraged when he found her and Wilcox sleeping together, according to detectives.