28-year-old Daniel Tejeda, of Providence, Rhode Island, was recently indicted on first-degree murder charges for the death of 24-year-old Ashley Masi. Masi was found unresponsive back in March by police doing a welfare check on her. Police discovered that Ms. Masi was working as a prostitute on Backpage. Investigators say that Tejada responded to her Backpage ad and somewhere along the line allegedly strangled her to death. Unfortunately Ms. Masi left behind three young children who are now in state care. Tejada is already in jail on unrelated charges.
Hopefully with the recent financial blows dealt to Backpage no further blood will be spilled over what Backpage calls a free speech issue.
UPDATE 10/27/2015: Tejada has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.
UPDATE 4/18/2016: Tejada was convicted of first-degree murder.
UPDATE 6/20/2016: Last week Tejada was sentenced to life with parole possible in 25 years.