James Ayers Said He Strangled Juliana Mensch, Was Driving Around in Her Car, Police Say

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Lauderhill 32-year-old James Ayers visited a friend at work last Wednesday, according to police, and "went into great detail as to how he strangled 'Julie' and left her body in a room that he was renting somewhere in Broward County where he and Julie were staying." Ayers said the stench was so bad he had to move out of the room, which turned out to be in the 1100 block of NW Seventh Terrace in Fort Lauderdale.

Then things got complicated.

As Ayers drove off, the friend wrote down the New Jersey license plate number on the blue Scion Ayers was driving. He then called police, who discovered the car belonged to 19-year-old Juliana Mensch, from New Jersey. They also found that Mensch had stopped regular Facebook posts on March 23, the same day her parents say they lost contact with her.

Police didn't have to look hard to get to Ayers, according to the arrest report -- at 9 that night, Plantation Police were called because he was at the West Broward Care Center threatening to kill himself. Ayers had apparently gone there to visit a former drug counselor, and, "having heard rumor that Ayers had possibly killed someone," the counselor asked Ayers about it. So... Ayers told him the whole story. At some point after that, the police arrived, as they usually do when somebody goes around town talking about strangulations.

Ayers waived his Miranda rights and was questioned by the Broward Sheriff's Office, though available court documents don't say what was discussed. Police did find the number of Diane Rosa, his Fort Lauderdale landlord, in Ayers' phone, but had difficulty reaching her because she'd had a heart attack the day before. When they finally contacted her, she said she'd noticed that something "smelled dead" in Ayers' room and gave police permission to search the room.

When Ayers was told about this, he decided he finally needed a lawyer.

BSO detectives "noted the smell of what they recognized as decomposing flesh" as soon as they arrived at the house, according to the arrest report. They followed the smell to Ayers' room and looked inside to find a corpse under a pile of clothes. Early the next morning, police got a search warrant and found Mensch's purse and ID in the bedroom.

The arrest report lists charges for first-degree murder and a cocaine-related probation violation, but court records reflect only the murder charge.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Det. Mark Shotwell at 954-828-5517 or Det. James Jaggers at 954-828-5970.


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guest

Julie was not an escort.  Please don't disrespect her memory by saying she was.

Michelekitchen
Michelekitchen

I don't think that Mr. Ayers is going to be able to read your comment from jail. You may want to send this to him in a letter.

Angie McCombs
Angie McCombs like.author.displayName 1 Like

I was roommates with Niki a couple months before all this occurred... How crazy! I would have never in a million years thought that she would end up in such a mess. What she and this James guy did is ignorant and completely wrong. And for what? Their next high? You have to be kidding me. This makes me sick. I had never met Julie, but from what my friends in Florida have told me, she was a sweet, caring girl. It's a shame that someone under the influence of drugs, could think that murder was a good idea. Drugs disgust me. Niki and James disgust me. I pray for Julie's family and friends. Niki and James will get what they deserve... just a matter of time... I also pray for the daughter that Niki left behind due to drugs... so very sad.

Paul
Paul

 Praying for = Doing Nothing

Freddiemerkme
Freddiemerkme

Watching this on Nancy Disgrace. The part where Nicole said "you should have just got rid of the SH*T, listen anyone knows who has been around a minute that they aren't talking about the dead girl. She saw something she had to of, because if you listen to that part again, its like she is saying you didn't have to kill her you could have just got rid of it and moved on... so def saw something they didn't want her to. 

rearlvr
rearlvr

he is a career criminal he has a history of trouble he acted alone and is trying to pin stuff on the girl to save his life. he is a coward punk and should never see the outside again

Tina J
Tina J

i hope u and ur gf rot in jail ur whole life!!!

Stephencharnov
Stephencharnov

Theres 3 sides to every story my prayers go out to julies family it's terrible what happened I can't believe it happened....and whatever happens from this point on is what should happen...I knew James for a while and he was an outstanding funny talented person....I would never think he would do something so tragic, but then again that goes to show you...you can't put it past anybody these days....he put many people in a horrible situation with his actions....and as far as Nikki goes....I hope she burns in hell.

Teach your children well.
Teach your children well.

Children learn what they live. I knew JJ when he was a child,he and his family were neighbors.Our children played in the same circle. (Scary ) There were problems at a very young age, not only with James but his siblings as well. Bad  parenting skills were part of the problem. Prayers go out to this girls parents. And to his as well. No parent should ever have to go through loosing a child. I can't really say that I'm surprised,having known them at such a young age. You reep what you sew.

Susieq041375
Susieq041375

I worked with nikol for a while and one night she went into the place where we worked after hours and took someones check then went to the beauty supply store and used my name to charge products to the shop we worked at. So I am not suprised

Deedeedee
Deedeedee

Your not surprised she went from check fraud to murder ... I don't see the correlation here?!

Paul
Paul

Casey Anthony is on probation for check fraud right now. 

chris
chris

i hope this piece of shit gets electricuted

Geist108
Geist108

you all are retarded, its a win win situation. we get rid of three crackheads and the world is a better place for it. one has been killed, one will be someones prison bitch for the rest of his life, and the other has dug her self a deep dark whore hole where she is killing herself as we speak. everybody wins

Cjg1
Cjg1

your  a fucking douche nobody deserves that no matter what they did  have some sympathy you stupid fuck

Ashtonchic87
Ashtonchic87

How much fun *

Love always, donna Jean <3

Ashtonchic87
Ashtonchic87

Julie, I miss you so fucking much. I cant even begin to imagine how your family feels. We got really close the past months before you left us and I wish people could see how crazy we were and how much tuned had together rather then just to videos. God works in mysterious ways babygirl. We met in one halfway and yes we both tucked up, together. But I went back to treatment and ithought you did to. The first thing I heard when I got out was about you and I broke down boo. The next day I came into another halfway and I was talking to the manager and the subject of death came up. I said how a friend of mine was just killed and she looked at me and says "Julie." I was like wtf? ! How does she know that? Turns out you were here just a few short days before this tragedy. I am in the SAME room and SAME bed you were in. At first it really scared me and I didn't want to stay. I thought about it though, and its deffinitley gods way of letting me know your still with me. You don't know how much I miss you Julie. We got so close, so fast and now I cant believe you're gone. I pray for you and your family everyday boo. If I ever see that dumb bitch Nicole, I promise I will make her suffer the way she made you. You know I got your back baby, just like I know you had mine. I fucking love you. Continue to stay by my side as well as your families and everyone else who was fourtunate enough to have you in their lives. We all miss you more then you would ever know. And always remember, you're fucking awesome <3 rest easy baby

Polskakitty87
Polskakitty87

Wow im discusted with Nikol and sorry for the girl who has passed family God bless u

YourFrewCrewSisBK
YourFrewCrewSisBK

Julie, I love you. We spent 4 weeks together in Philly in March 2010. You came angry and troubled and left smiling. You touched my heart in ways you'll never know. My heart is aching so bad right now I don't know what to do. Our time together was difficult for both of us, but your rebellious spirit amused me, your spunk encouraged me and made me smile, and your kind heart and friendship warmed and inspired me. No matter how low me and the others felt, you always cheered our souls. You made us laugh. I know you were troubled in some ways and made bad decisions at times, but we all do. I'm a strong Christian woman and I know that all of us have our shortcomings. You were so bright and had such potential. Now you'll never have the opportunity to reach that. I want the world to know you as I did. A natural beauty on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside. You had a zest for life that I've never experienced. Although I am nearly 51 years old, you helped me realize how much we can learn from our youth. You were a fighter. When I couldn't find within me the strength to keep fighting, you were my teacher. When I could no longer find humor in the world, you gave me laughter. You had a uniqueness that touched all those who knew you. You truly were an amazing young woman. The comments and accusations on this page pain me. Most of those writing never had the chance to know you and have their lives changed by you. They read the article and made assumptions. You were so much more than a pretty face. You were a warm, loving, beautiful human being. Those who took your life will pay, if not in this life, then in the next. Although my humanness is causing me to feel anger and hatred toward them, I know that no human functioning with all their faculties could do such a thing. They clearly have severe mental limitations. I met your parents in Plilly and I want them to know that I loved you with all my heart. The pain they feel is mine times a million. Mine feels unbearable, so I can't even imagine theirs. They have so many reasons to be proud of you. I hope their memories and the love they hold in their hearts for you will help them bear this burden. You truly were an amazing person! You now have earned your angel wings. Fly high Jules. Send down lots of angel kisses to mend our broken hearts. I love you beautiful! I will never forget you and will hold dear the blessing of having had you in my life. XOXO

sweet8
sweet8

This is the most beautiful post that I stopped to read through it twice...I believe Jules heard you and will continue to smile down over you as well as her family and loved ones.  I'm so sorry for your loss xoxo

Seek Justice!
Seek Justice!

 Nicole Okrzesik Is the girls name who was there during the murder of poor Julie.  And from what I hear the initiator. It doesn't matter what Julie did or why she was in the company of these two.  Both of them are sick to think that she deserved what they did to her.  There is certainly no excuse for for their behavior.  James will suffer....be sure of that.  He is not a killer, he is a coward.  And there are sicker more dangerous people that will use him where he is going.  What Julie deserves and what her family deserves is Justice for this.  Both parties arrested and charged.  There is no parole in FL by the way.  Let them rot the rest of their days. 

Ckaufte1
Ckaufte1

I hope that fat snaggletoothed water buffalO Nikki is brought to justice. Age has been doing scummy things for awhile. She pretended to be a girl on Facebook that she was not, luring different men in. Nobody obviously wants her because she looks like a silverback gorilla

Julies Ex-Boyfriend.
Julies Ex-Boyfriend.

RIP Julie, we used to run back in Jersey together but to this day im clean and sober, and im going to remain that way. I know what terrible things drugs do to our body and minds. But not once has smoking crack or anything along those lines that i did drive me to strangle a beautiful women to death. I have no remorse for this man what so ever. I love and miss you Julie.

Need4speed6986
Need4speed6986

I dont kno u but I'm sure shed b madd proud of u....&& even thru this horrible tradegy jus remember don't use no matter wut

:(
:(

To be honest with you....you all make me sick. No oneseems to be taking into consideration that a 19 year old baby is no longer ableto walk this earth or even how her friends and family are dealing with thepain. Who are we to speculate what happened in that room or for that matterwhat drugs they were or were not using. At the end of the day we lost a verylovely, beautiful, bright young girl who regardless of what anyone said had anamazing future ahead of her. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Peoplewho are alive don’t even deserve to be talked about like this. Please keep inmind who could potentially read your ignorant comments as they are posted foranyone to view. Up to and including people who are grieving  the loss of a daughter, sister,grand-daughter, and friend. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE JULIE, FORVER AND ALWAYS INOUR HEARTS.

mp
mp

Well said.  Julie was a vibrant, beautiful girl and did not deserve this.  People should watch the comments they make because their family members may see this.  Regardless of what happened or why she was there, this dirtbag strangled her, started driving her car, and bragging about killing her.  No one, I repeat no one deserves to die in this manner regardless of what they were doing.  Julie had horrible demons haunting her and she struggled to conquer them.  Before you post a hateful comment about this girl, take a moment to think how her family might feel reading your poison-strewn words.  Rest in peace, Julie.  You will always be loved and never forgotten.  Praying for you and your family at this horrible time.

Iminsaneat23
Iminsaneat23

I feel horrible for her friends n family....especially since she was so young and I'm sure they had no idea what she was doing for money....It's also tragic for James family as well, no mother n father want to hear that their own son took someone's life. This is an example of the lengths people go to in order to support their habit.....n we all know they were smoking crack because the cops found their pipe.....either way I firmly believe someone else needs TO BE arrested Julie deserves justice n her family deserves closure....But she's still walking free. he went around town bragging about it to mutual friends and also confessed in great detail what happened. turning him in was the best decision that person made.

Charlie-gil
Charlie-gil

Julie was a very funny,caring and loving girl who had great potential.  She and her family worked very hard to fight her demons.  We have missed her and have worried about her terribly since she moved away, and now, because of this dirt bad, we will never see her again to tell her how much we love and miss her. Such a beautiful, intellegent young girl who was robbed of the opportunity to live her life.  We will miss her terribly.  That dirt bag should fry!  I pray for her and her family.  May she rest in peace and may the murderer pay with his life.

Sosorryforyourloss
Sosorryforyourloss

I am so sorry for your loss. I want to see both parties pay for what they did to your precious girl. There is no excuse eor justification. The only thing now is to see that all involved are punished.  

Iminsaneat23
Iminsaneat23

#1. Jays girlfriend nikki was the one living with him not Julie. she was very much part of the strangling n didn't have the physical strength to do it so jay finished. #2. Julie was an ESCORT & acquaintance of nikki and the couple hired her FOR HER PROFESSIONAL ESCORT SERVICE and it was their intention to carry out this horrible crime.JAMES' GIRLFRIEND NIKKI IS EQUALLY GUILTY AND NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED.

so sad
so sad

she wasn't here for spring break, she came down from jersey for treatment. they were all using again. she died too soon. i hope james avery and whoever else was involved go away for a long time.

Jerseydevil
Jerseydevil

Comment to James Ayers you are a fuckin pussy.  Always remember don't hurt little girls. Enjoy the long ride you wanna be bad-ass but still you're a sniviling coward. Death would be too kind for you. Rot good and long. I hope you become some homies little bitch you fuckin wigger FAGGOT MOTHER FUCKIN SCUMBAG. By the way you look like a dick head. I'll pass  along the news of what you did to all your bunkies. Pleasant dreams FAG BOY watch your back you'll have to.  If you ever get out look me up. What color body bag would you like? most likely pink. Drug use is no excuse for the for the cowardice crime you commited only a commited pussy like yoursef would think it is. Get out your knee pads you'll need em bitch. 

A neighbor and friend
A neighbor and friend

julie was such an amazing girl. she didn't deserve this. rest in peace girlie<3

Oxhaylzxo
Oxhaylzxo

You took one of my good friends away from me! She was like my lil sister. I hope he gets the death penalty! R. I. P Julie mensch. You will be missed. You didn't deserve to die that way.

Djb82785
Djb82785

Parole? Are you kidding me. You must be a fucking idiot. He should be tortured for what he did to Julie. I wish I could get 5 minutes alone with him. Rip Julie.

sw
sw

rest in peace, sweet babygirl. such an awful story, she was so underserving of this :( love you julie always will <3

FQS9000
FQS9000

Ayers is a good boy.  He just needs lotsa and lotsa help.  He probably won't do this again so long as he's in jail, so he's gonna be a great candidate for parole.  And the drugs made him do it, which are going to be a bit harder to get in the can, so he'll have a good record.

His momma is so proud of him.

Need4speed6986
Need4speed6986

U need a hell of a lot of help.....drugs didn't make him do nething....as a recovering drug addict....drugs distorted my mind...yes....but I'm the one who still made the choices && decisions that I ultimately made.....&& if his mom is proud of him then she needs help too....how culd u b proud of ur son killing an innocent smart young && beautiful...on the inside && outside women?!?! He took an innocent life && there is absoutely no excuse 4 that.....she didn't deserve this at all && she will truely b missed && still loved

Saraxbaby5639
Saraxbaby5639

he should rot in jail for what he did to my friend julie

I knew her
I knew her

 I hope they give him the chair and he rots in hell

Danielle
Danielle

are you fucking serious.... hes a freak of nature he will never get parole you must be on drugs yourself.

jj
jj

Help me understand, FQS9000....." his momma is so proud of him" ?   Does she know that her son is in jail for murder?  Is she still proud of him?        She'll probably visit him in jail, good for her !   Where are Julie's parent and family going to visit her?

JoeA
JoeA

the typical response when someone does something bad, is 'he was such a good boy'

or he is a good boy.... 

FQS9000
FQS9000

Ho bitches always know that their little darlings didn't do it.  It a rule.

Mikeaata
Mikeaata

i dont care what you say he killed a 19 year old girl. drugs do things to your mind but they dont ulimately make you do anything. he knew exactly what he did and should be sentenced to death.

becca
becca

Pay no attention to FQS9000. This was his brilliant attempt at sarcasm. He is trolling the "evil liberals" for not calling for the the immediate death of anyone who commits or is suspected of committing or might one day commit a crime. He hates any concept, idea, statement, or opinion that was not born in his own mind.

FQS9000
FQS9000

And why does this blob of slime deserve to live, oh great and caring liberal one?  He has already murdered one girl.  With any luck, when he gets out of prison, his next victim will be one of your children and not one of mine.

CanNotStandIgnorantPpl
CanNotStandIgnorantPpl

They were all smoking crack even Julie! you smoke crack and hangout with crackheads bad things happen!!!! Drugs make people do horrible things especially hardcore drugs like crack. People who use PCP have inconceivable strength and jump off buildings and shit. Yet it's hard to believe someone high on crack could commit murder?! This type of stuff happens everyday all over the world. Go ahead and research that before making ignorant comments about drugs not effecting people!

I hate cowards
I hate cowards

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