|Born||March 5, 1965
|Conviction(s)||New Mexico Jan. 9 2002|
|Penalty||Life plus 60 years and 364 days|
|Spouse||Girly Chew Hossencofft b.August 27, 1963|
Armand Chavez, alias Diazien Hossencofft, was a New Mexico resident convicted of the murder of his ex-wife, Girly Chew Hossencofft. His girlfriend, Linda Henning, was convicted later in New Mexico on a related charge.
Girly Hossencofft was reported missing by concerned co-workers on September 10, 1999. The Malaysian-born woman told friends and an FBI agent in the weeks leading up to her disappearance that if anything happened to her they should focus on her estranged husband, Diazien Hossencofft.
Police built a circumstantial case against Diazien Hossencofft, 37, and he pleaded guilty to murder in January 2002 to avoid a potential death sentence for the abduction of his wife of seven years. But Hossencofft told authorities that Henning, his girlfriend, did not participate in the crime and that he inadvertently implicated her when he used a vial of her blood to throw off investigators. Hossencofft says he agreed to let Bill Miller and his militia friends kill Girly Hossencofft because they needed to practice killing humans before the final showdown with the emerging "New World Order." Hossencofft, who worked on a master's degree in biological chemistry, although he lacked an undergraduate degree, said he didn't know how his wife was going to be killed for certain but admitted it was his job to enter her apartment at a prearranged time and make sure no physical evidence was left behind. Henning has said she believes that the U.S. and other world governments are run by puppets controlled by reptilian-alien masters, and was indicted by a grand jury on 20 counts, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and perjury.
Diazien Hossencofft told Linda Henning that he was a physician, an ex-CIA scientist, and had invented a cure for cancer. He told others that he was 2,000 years old, invented a youth serum, and had genetically engineered his son. Since his arrest, Hossencofft has admitted to being engaged to three women at once and to taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from cancer patients for his "cure," which were in reality shots of vitamin B6. Henning, a 48-year-old fashion designer, found herself facing a capital murder trial and the possibility of being the first woman sent to New Mexico's death row since the state reenacted the death penalty in 1985.
What Diazien Hossencofft wanted, according to his police statement, was for his wife to drop any custody claim concerning his son Demetri, a toddler born of an affair with a woman Diazien met in Canada. Girly Hossencofft apparently never knew of Demetri until Diazien returned home with the child after a trip to Mexico. Girly Hossencofft's body was never recovered, and the case was won on circumstantial evidence alone.
Hossencofft was sentenced to life in prison plus 61 years and is serving his sentence in Wyoming.
On October 25, 2002, Linda Henning was found guilty of murder and kidnapping, a combination that made her eligible for a death sentence. The jury reconvened to listen to evidence in the penalty phase of the trial, but ultimately decided to spare Henning from a death sentence. Henning's sentencing was postponed until she completes her third psychological evaluation. She was sentenced to 30 to 83 years and is serving her sentence at New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility.