Man dies after being beaten and left naked by four men met through escort website

Joseph McCormick May 4, 2016
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A 49-year-old man who responded to an escort ad was beaten and left to die by four men.

Steven Nelson of Idaho died of a cardiac arrest in hospital after responding to the ad.

Four men were arraigned on Monday for the attack, and could face the death penalty after being charged with first degree murder and felony robbery.


Kelly Schneider, who is suspected of being the leader in the attack also faces a grand theft charge.

Nelson met up with the men after responding to an escort ad in the website Backpage, said police.

Schneider is believed to have been pictured in the ad, and was identified by his tattoos.

The pair met at a Wal-Mart and Schneider drove them to Gotts Point.

Nelson requested that Schneider have sex with him for money, but another man turned up carrying what the victim told police was a rifle.

Later two other men turned up and attacked Nelson. He was stripped of his clothes and wallet read court documents.

The victim was beaten, thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly.

Left naked, Nelson’s car was taken by the four men and he was left alone by the side of the road.

Schneider, along with Jayson Woods, Kevin Tracy and Daniel Henkel all appeared in court on Monday.

After walking to a nearby home, Nelson was able to tell police what had happened, and described Schneider before he died.

He had been left with broken ribs and bleeding from the ear.

Henkel and Schneider were caught on CCTV withdrawing £123 using a credit card given by Nelson in exchange for the men not killing him.

Police have urged anyone with any further information to get in touch.

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