The ex-boyfriend of Florida mother Cassie Carli, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in Alabama over the weekend, is fighting extradition in Tennessee.
Marcus Spanevelo, 34, appeared before a Tennessee judge on Monday and refused to waive extradition back to Florida, where he currently faces charges of evidence tampering, giving false information and destruction of evidence in connection with Carli’s death.
Dressed in a striped orange-and-white jail garb, Spanevelo was asked by the presiding judge if he was willing to relinquish his right to extradition procedures to speed up his return to Florida, reported WKRG.
‘Not at this moment,’ the stone-face defendant replied. ‘There are some things that need to be resolved before I’m willing to go that route.’
Spanevelo added that he was worried about his and Carli’s four-year-old daughter, Saylor.
‘I’m just trying to… make sure my daughter is taken care of with the people that I’m leaving her with,’ he said.
Marcus Spanevelo made his first court appearance in Tennessee on Monday and refused to waive extradition to Florida to face charges in ex-girlfriend Cassie Carli’s death
Spanevelo, 34, currently faces charges of evidence tampering, giving false information and destruction of evidence
In refusing to be extradited, Spanevelo claimed he wanted to make sure his and Carli’s 4-year-old daughter was ‘taken care of,’ he said in court on Monday
Law enforcement officers recovered the body of Cassie Carli, 37, (pictured left with her four-year-old daughter Saylor) on Saturday night from a shallow grave in a barn in Springville, Alabama, located some 300 miles away from Navarre Beach, Florida, where the mother was last seen alive
Saylor is now said to be in the custody of Child Protective Services in Tennessee.
Carli’s father, Andrew Carli, last week filed a petition in Florida court to get emergency custody of his granddaughter.
So far, no one has been accused of causing Carli’s death, but additional charges are pending the results of the woman’s autopsy.
Sgt Rich Aloy, with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that Spanevelo’s extradition status is unlikely to hinder the case against him.
Spanevelo is due back in court in Tennessee on April 13 to discuss extradition.
It was previously revealed that Spanevelo was ordered to pay nearly $6,000 in attorney fees as part of his and Cassie Carli’s custody battle for their daughter nine days before the mom-of-one vanished after going to pick up Saylor from her ex-boyfriend.
Law enforcement officers recovered the body of Carli, 37, on Saturday night from a shallow grave in a barn in Springville, Alabama, located some 300 miles away from Navarre Beach, Florida, where the mother was last seen alive.
Spanevelo was arrested during a traffic stop in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Saturday on charges of evidence tampering and giving false information regarding a missing person investigation.
It has since emerged that a judge had ordered Spanevelo to pay Carli $5,920 in attorney fees related to a years-long custody battle over Saylor nine days before the mother disappeared on March 27, according to court documents seen by Fox News.
Carli was last seen on March 27 when she met Spanevelo for a child exchange in the parking lot of a Navarre Beach restaurant, police said. She was reported missing the next day.
The former couple had been engaged in a custody battle over Saylor since 2019, court documents showed. Last summer, Spanevolo filed several motions in family court for temporary custody, contempt and daycare attendance.
Marcus Spanevelo, 34, Carli’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her four-year-old daughter, Saylor, was arrested during a traffic stop in Lebanon, Tennessee , on Saturday on charges of evidence tampering and giving false information regarding a missing person investigation
As Carli’s attorney fees increased, her younger sister Raeann started a GoFundMe page in August last year to help with the mounting legal costs.
Carli wrote on the GoFundMe page: ‘This man was a master at the game of manipulation and though I could see all the warning signs of an abuser, I believed his excuses and became stuck in his web of narcissistic lies.
‘During my pregnancy, this man’s abusive control and manipulation escalated. But having battled infertility in my first marriage, I desperately wanted a family. So, I justified his erratic behavior as long as I could.’
Carli also said Spanevelo ‘filed dozens of false police reports’ and called child protective services ‘so many times, I nearly came to know most of the staff by name’ after the couple broke up.
A judge on March 18 ordered Spanevelo to pay Carli $5,920 in attorney fees within 30 days.
Carli’s attorney, Aaron Wentz, who said the mother attended the court hearing over zoom in his office, described her as a ‘wonderful young lady’.
‘Everybody in the office is pretty upset about it. We’ve been dealing with Cassie for quite some time. Very, very wonderful young lady,’ Wentz told Fox News. ‘As far as the lengthy court battle that’s been going on, it never got to the point where I felt like something like this would happen, honestly. This was a shock.’
Wentz added he has no record showing Spanevelo paid Carli the legal fees owed to her.
Since the discovery of Carli’s body, it has since emerged that Spanevelo allegedly sent text messages to her family members after her disappearance, claiming that she had asked him ‘to drop her off in the middle of nowhere’.
According to text message and Facebook messenger exchanges between Spanevelo and Carli’s family members prior to the discovery of her body, the man claimed that Carli had been ‘acting crazy’ and asked him to drop her off somewhere in Destin, Florida, where her friend lived.
Raeann Carli, Cassie’s younger sister, reached out to Spanevelo on Facebook last Tuesday, asking about her niece, reported Fox 13.
‘Is Saylor with you?’ she wrote. ‘Please marcus [sic]…this is NOT like my sister! She has been doing great & was supposed to start a new job! I hope you will at least cooperate with the police/let them know you have Saylor. She is now a missing person.’
In a text message exchange between Marcus Spanevelo, the ex-boyfriend of Cassie Carli, who was found dead in Alabama on Saturday, and her sister, Raeann, the male suspect claimed that Cassie had asked to be dropped off ‘in the middle of nowhere’ the night she vanished
Cassie Carli was last seen alive on March 27, when she left her home in Florida to pick up her daughter, Saylor, from her ex-boyfriend, Spanevelo
Spanevelo replied, telling the sister that the child was with him.
‘[Cassie] wanted to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere in Destin with saylor [sic]..I told her I wouldn’t let saylor go like that.’
Spanevelo added that police had already reached out to him, asking questions.
This exchange was similar to the one Spanevelo reportedly had with Carli’s father Andrew the day before.
Spanevelo allegedly told the father that Cassie had asked him to ‘drop her off in the middle of nowhere in Destin’ so that she could stay with a friend.
Andrew replied that the woman he was referring to, ‘moved to Alabama a while ago. Cassie would never have you drop her off anywhere.’
Spanevelo told Andrew that he had left with Saylor.
Cassie Carli’s remains were found buried in a shallow grave inside a barn on US 11 in Springville, Alabama, on Saturday night, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said.
Sheriff Johnson told a press conference Sunday that Carli had been identified thanks to a tattoo on her remains, Fox13 reported.
The grim discovery came hours after Spanevelo was arrested in connection with the March 27 disappearance from a restaurant parking lot in Navarre, Florida, close to where Carli lived.
Carli had traveled there to pick up the couple’s daughter, who was found safe in Alabama on Wednesday.
It remains unclear how Carli died, with an autopsy scheduled for Monday.
Sheriff Johnson said: ‘Cassie Carli who’s been missing now for about a week, we discovered her body while executing a search warrant out in Alabama.
‘It was in a barn, in a shallow grave, so its not the ending that we wanted, obviously. But we’re hoping to provide a little closure for the family.’
Carli’s bodies was discovered in a shallow grave inside this bar in Springville, Alabama, on Saturday night
Authorities positively identified Carli’s body by a tattoo that was found on the remains that were recovered in the barn
Johnson said Spanevelo had ‘absolutely not’ been cooperative following his arrest over Carli’s disappearance Saturday.
He tore into the suspect, with Johnson saying he hopes Spanevelo is executed for the crime. The cop said: ‘He was totally uncooperative with us and that goes a long way.
‘It’s your baby’s mother who’s missing and you’re not going to cooperate with authorities, it’s kind of telltale.
‘We hated that Cassie has passed away, but it’s good to get closure for the family. Johnson said. It’s good to keep this dirtbag in jail, where he belongs.
‘I think we have a great case and I think he’s either going to spend the rest of his life in jail or get the needle. Hopefully the needle.’
The sheriff refused to say how they’d learned where Carli had been buried, but added that the barn had a peripheral connection to Spanevelo.
Spanevelo was arrested in Tennessee, and is currently being held there on charges of evidence tampering and giving false information pending an extradition hearing.
Sheriff Johnson says he expects those charges to be upgraded following Monday’s autopsy.
Concerned family members raised the alarm after they could not get in touch with Carli last week, with cops further disturbed on discovering Carli’s car in the restaurant lot, with her purse still inside. Saylor was found safe and well with her dad in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.
Spanevelo, 34, was arrested in Lebanon, Tennessee, around 10 a.m. on Saturday and has been charged with tampering with evidence, giving false information concerning a missing person investigation and destruction of evidence.
‘Spanevelo was arrested based on a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes warrant which was signed by a judge,’ the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release. ‘We are cautious as to the information being released due to the sensitivity of this case.’
Carli’s sister Raeann posted a video on Facebook reacting to the arrest, saying: ‘We are a little relieved to know that Marcus is in custody, and we’re hoping that can bring us some more answers and closer to finding Cassie.
‘Like I said, now that he’s in custody, hopefully we can get a few more answers on her disappearance. We’re going to bring Cassie home.’
Carli’s sister Raeann posted a video on Facebook reacting to the arrest, saying: ‘We are a little relieved to know that Marcus is in custody, and we’re hoping that can bring us some more answers and closer to finding Cassie’
She also said the ‘search is on tomorrow’ as the family continues to look for the mother-of-one.
Detectives from Santa Rosa County traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday and located Marcus Spanevelo and his daughter, Saylor, four, three days after the girl’s mother, Cassie Carli, vanished in Navarre, Florida, located more than 260 miles away.
The Maury County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee said the father has been booked into jail.
The community has shown up on the beach every day to help search for Carli
Spanevelo, the ex-boyfriend of missing Florida mother Cassie Carli, was located in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, with his four-year-old daughter Saylor. He has been arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and giving false information
Carli’s car was located on Tuesday in Navarre with her purse inside, raising concerns for her well-being, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said during a press conference on Thursday, adding that there has been no activity on the missing woman’s phone or credit card since Sunday.
Carli had arranged to meet up with Spanevelo to exchange custody of their daughter at around 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Juanita’s Grill at Navarre Beach.
Every day the family and community members have met in the parking lot of Juanita’s Grill at Navarre Beach – where her car was found – to search for her, according to WEAR-TV.
Her father, Andrew Carli, told DailyMail.com that before going, she told him, ‘”I’ll be right back.” She never came back.’
He was booked into jail, according to the Maury County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee
Andrew said Spanevelo, whom he described as a ‘narcissist,’ had a turbulent relationship with his daughter after their split. He claimed that prior to her disappearance, Carli had obtained a court order compelling her ex-boyfriend to pay her $6,000 in child support.
Carli’s dad also said that Spanevelo would not take his calls or answer his text messaging asking about Carli.
Carli’s young sister Raeann told Fox News her sister felt ‘extremely unsafe’ around Spanevelo and had warned her family about him.
‘Just in general, with her relationship with him, it has always been, she has had some fear of him,’ her sister said. ‘He’s always controlling, and tried to be manipulative, and she had some fear of him in the past. And what he’s capable of, or planning maliciously towards her.’
Raeann, who lives in North Carolina, told NBC’s Dateline that Cassie and her ex typically met at a Walmart located in Destin, halfway between Navarre and Panama City, where Spanevelo lives.
Andrew Carli, Cassie’s dad, texted his daughter the night she went missing and received replies from her phone, claiming she was having trouble with her car and phone
The custody exchange was set to take place at this parking lot at Navarre Beach
Carli never returned home and was reported missing by her father on Monday evening
But for an unknown reason, they decided at the last minute to change their meeting place Sunday.
Nearly four hours after Carli went out to pick up Saylor, her father, with whom she lives in Navarre, received text messages from his daughter’s phone, telling him that she was having problems with her phone and her car.
‘I’m sorry, car was acting up, and I broke my phone,’ one of the the texts sent from Cassie’s phone stated. ‘Marcus is working on it. I will stay at his place tonight. He is paying me money to do some stuff around the house.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Thursday, Andrew Carli said he does not believe Cassie sent those texts.
Carli never made it home that night, and she was still missing the following day when her father came home from work and discovered that his daughter has not returned.
That evening, nearly 24 hours after her last sighting, Carli’s father contacted the authorities and reported her missing.
Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies located Carli’s vehicle on Tuesday morning at Navarre Beach, but she was nowhere to be found. Her purse was discovered inside.
Saylor has been found safe with her dad, but her mother never made it home, sparking a massive search involving law enforcement officials and volunteers
Sheriff’s deputies located Carli’s car at the Navarre Beach parking lot on Tuesday
Carli’s friend Sam Graves, who organized a search party in Navarre on Tuesday, told WEAR-TV that Saylor’s father, whom she identified as Spanevelo, falsely claimed that he had brought Cassie to Graves’ house after she ‘freaked out’ on Sunday.
Andrew Carli, Cassie’s dad, called those claims ‘bulls***,’ arguing that Spanevelo never even met Graves.
Graves said that Spenevelo is a Brazilian national and that he previously threatened to take Saylor out of the country. She also alleged that the man was an ‘abuser,’ although Spenevelo has not been charged with any crime related to Carli.
Graves grimly remarked said that all indicators are pointing to a ‘worst-scenario ending,’ with that prediction since sadly coming to pass.
Carli had just started a new job at the nearby Eglin Air Force base the day before. Her sister said Carli told her that her first shift went well.