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Mesac Damas’ case has dragged on for nearly eight years, marked by matches and stops — a visit to a state psychological hospital, a rotating door of public defenders and challenges to the state’s dying penalty regulation. This can be a timeline of the case.
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Mesac Damas has been sentenced to dying.

After greater than eight years, the sentence, handed down Friday morning by Collier Circuit Decide Christine Greider, lastly brings decision to probably the most horrifying Southwest Florida homicide case in current reminiscence; a case that shocked the area at its outset, after which repeatedly annoyed the group – in addition to the relations of the victims — by way of seemingly countless delays.

It was September 2009, when Damas brutally killed his spouse, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and the couple’s 5 younger youngsters — Michzach, 9, Marven, 6, Maven, 5, Megan, three, and Morgan 1 — slicing their throats with a filet knife inside their North Naples townhouse, bending the blade within the assaults. On the time, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk referred to as the killings “probably the most horrific and violent occasion” in county historical past.

Damas, now forty one, fled to Haiti, the place he was born and raised, however authorities quickly situated him.

Whereas being transported from Haiti again to Florida, Damas confessed his guilt to the Day by day Information. Did you kill them? Sure, I did. Why? Solely God is aware of.

He was pushed to kill by the satan, he stated. He wanted death. He wanted to be buried with his family. He expected to go to Heaven.

A photo taken from Mesac Damas and Guerline Damas’ wedding at First Haitian Baptist Church on April 14, 2007. (Photo: Greg Kahn, AP)

This focus on God and religion and spirits and demons – a tense mix of Evangelical Christianity and traditional Haitian Voodoo — would continue throughout his time in the Collier County jail and during his court appearances. Early on he was prone to courtroom outbursts, begging to be put to death and imploring a courtroom gallery to come to Jesus. He has maintained that he was “possessed by demons” at the time of the crime.

In jail he fasted, leading to drastic weight fluctuations. He was, he said, trying to starve out the demons. He also shared his Christian faith with other inmates.

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In this 2009 video, Mesac Damas confessed publicly to killing his five children and wife in North Naples, and told the Naples Daily News he wants to die and go to heaven.

It was a lapse in faith before the killings had left him vulnerable to a demonic attack or hex, he would later tell a defense expert, a specialist in Haitian religion.

His court case was marked by fits and stops — a…