Virginia Man Gets Life In Dana Point Boat Murder

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed here in Southern California.

A jury convicted Gary Shawkey of swindling a Phoenix man out of $1.2 million between 2004 and 2008.

The victim, 71-year-old Robert Vendrick, became reluctant to hand over more money.

Shawkey, however, lured him to a boat in Dana Point – supposedly to learn more about an investment.

After they sailed out of the harbor, Shawkey killed Vendrick and tossed his body overboard.

His body was never found.


  • jason

    how did they prove murder in this case, since they didn’t have a body?

    • Good Question

      The guy may have admitted it or wrote something down to incriminate himself. That’s the only way I can see him being convicted for murder without a body. I do see your point.

  • Karen

    You DO NOT ALWAYS need a body to prove murder. Look at the Casey Anthony case. They had a body and still could not prove murder. And there hare been NUMEROUS cases where they had NO BODY but still proved MURDER.

    Now you know.

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