Man accused of murdering Crufts breeder Valerie Freer dies in prison

Man accused of murdering Crufts breeder Valerie Freer dies in prison

Renowned dog breeder Valerie Freer, 68, was found on her driveway in Whittington, Staffordshire

An Argentinian man accused of murdering a Crufts dog breeder has died in prison while awaiting trial.

Alex Verdu Munoz, 26, was pronounced dead at HMP Strangeways in Manchester earlier this month.

He had been accused of murdering Valerie Freer, who was found by paramedics in the driveway of her home in Whittington, Staffordshire.

The 68-year-old died of neck injuries on February 24.

Mrs. Freer was a renowned Samoyed breeder who lived with her husband in a bungalow on Lichfield Road.

One of her dogs, Dan The Man, came second in the Best in Show category at Crufts in 2014.

Munoz was also charged with burglary, possession of a bladed object and dangerous driving. His death is not being treated as suspicious.


Valerie Freer, 68, with one of her prized Samoyeds (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Paying tribute to Valerie, her family said: “Words cannot even begin to describe how truly devastated we are to have lost our beautiful Val.

“An incredibly beautiful woman inside and out, she was always so loving and caring to everyone around her.

“Val is infinitely loved by family and friends around the world. She will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.’

Detective Inspector Ian Fitzgerald added: “I would like to reassure the community that we remain committed to helping Valerie’s family and everyone affected by the events in Whittington in February this year.”

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