Brazilian star footballer breaks down in tears and admits that he had knowledge of the murder and dismemberment of his girlfriend. A Brazilian footballer, Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 27, admited that his girlfriend, Eliza Samudio, 25, was murdered, dismembered and fed to dogs.

Bruno is a goalkeeper who was nominated to play for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, he met Samudio at a footballers' party in May 2009, and she later became accidentally pregnant. It is reported that Bruno demanded she have an abortion but she refused and the baby, Bruninho, was born in February 2010, but the player refused to acknowledge he was the father.

Before her disappearance on June 4, 2010, Samudio had gone to the police and made a report that she had been held captive by Bruno and his associates, who forced her to take an illegal abortion drug. According to the Daily Mail, Bruno allegedly put a gun to her head and told her: "You don't know who I am or what I'm capable of -- I'm from the favela."

The footballer had vehemently denied any knowledge of what had happened to his girlfriend and mother of his child, but has now come forward and told a Brazilian court yesterday how his best friend Luiz Henrique Romão had paid someone to kill her.

Bruno admitted that he feels "guilty" for her death while still insisting that he never ordered the killing.

Now, the court is charging Bruno with the planning of Samudio's abduction and murder with eight others including his wife Dayane, another former lover, a cousin and former policeman Marcos Santos. Prosecutors are stating that Bruno ordered Samudio's murder after she told him she would take legal action to force him to pay child support.

In a statement to police, the footballer's teenage cousin, Jorge Rosa, claimed that he and the footballer's best friend, Romão, picked up Samudio and her son from a Rio de Janeiro hotel under the ruse that she would discuss paternity claims with Bruno.

Rosa continued to say that they drove her to a property in Belo Horizonte, which Bruno and his wife, Dayane, used as a weekend retreat, where she was held captive for six days. Samudio was then tortured by former policeman Santos and strangled to death with a necktie in front of her 4-month-old son. In a horrific twist, parts of the woman's corpse are alleged to have been fed to Bruno's pet Rottweilers, while the rest was buried in concrete.

Edson Moreira, a detective who investigated the case, said: "His acts were almost impossible to describe without breaking down -- images from the worst nightmare you could imagine."

Police later found Samudio's 4-month-old baby in a Belo Horizonte slum, alleged to have been abandoned there by Bruno's wife Dayane. DNA tests later proved the footballer's paternity. The child is now being looked after by Samudio's mother.

At an earlier trial, Romão was found guilty of Samudio's murder and jailed for 15 years. Bruno's cousin and former policeman, Santos will be put on trial next month.

Bruno's trial, which began on Monday, is expected to conclude today. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to 41 years.

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