In North Naples, Florida, Mesac Damas admitted to murdering his wife, Guerline, and their five children in September of 2009. At the time of his confession, Damas claimed that he was influenced by the devil which made police officers question his mental health. However, the family of Guerline claimed that he knew exactly what he was doing as he allegedly threatened to kill his wife before.
On September 18th in 2009, according to the Daily Mail, family members requested for police officers to visit the town home of the Damas family as they were concerned for their welfare. Upon arrival, officers were horrified by what they discovered. Mesac Damas slit the throats of his wife Guerline, 32, and their 5 children: Michzach, nine; Marven, six; Maven, five; Megan, three; and 11-month-old Morgan. After murdering his family, Damas returned to his native country, Haiti, but he was arrested and extradited back to the U.S. The Daily Mail reports that he was simply saying goodbye to his family and that he had planned on turning himself in. Damas admitted to killing his family to a Naples News reporter, telling him ‘Only God knows’ when asked why he did it. Shockingly, he then blamed the six murders on his mother-in-law, saying she ‘pretty much made me do it – the devil, her spirit, whatever she worships’. He told the reporter he wanted the jury to immediately send him to death before adding that his children and wife were innocent, that ‘everybody’s innocent’. When asked why he killed them, Damas stated the following: The devil, he responded. The devil exists…When I did it my eyes were closed, right now my eyes are open.
While Damas has been in police custody since 2009, his trial was delayed for 8 years for various reasons. First, his trial was delayed as defence attorneys argued that he had a long history of mental illness. Apparently, he allegedly suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child in Haiti that he never recovered from. Not only was the Damas’ trial delayed because of his alleged mental health problems, but it was also delayed by a Florida judge as there were some challenges with Florida’s death penalty laws. However, that problem has been solved as the Supreme Court ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to allow judges to reach a different decision regarding death penalties than juries.
After his confession, Damas expressed wanting the death penalty and it appears that prosecutors are in agreement. Asking to be rescued from this case, during his pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, Damas plead guilty to all six counts. He then addressed the court by stating the following: I just want to say I’m truly sorry, especially to the family of my wife. I don’t see them here today, but I just want to make sure for the record they know that, said Damas, who chose to wear his orange jail uniform rather than civilian clothes. I know how much they love their sister, their daughter, their grandchildren.
And then I want to make sure that everyone knows that I love them the most. I love my people, my wife and children. But this thing happened,” Damas continued. “I don’t have an answer for it. I wish I had an answer for it, but I don’t. When I stand before the great God, I will ask him a lot of questions. From now on, I’m just going to put my trust in him and say sorry to the whole world. Ready to die, he waived his right to have a jury trial and his rights to have his attorneys present any evidence that could persuade a judge NOT to impose the death penalty. So, why are we wasting tax payers money? The only real questions remaining are: Will Damas be put to death? or Will he spend the rest of his life in prison? His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 29th.
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