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 demise penalty regulation. This can be a timeline of the case.
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Elevating his head from the protection desk, Mesac Damas, who pleaded responsible final month to killing his spouse and 5 youngsters, wrote a observe on lined yellow paper to Collier Circuit Decide Christine Greider Tuesday morning.
“Go forward, proceed your work, might my blood be upon your shoulders,” he wrote, signing the observe “COG” — Youngster of God.
Tuesday’s listening to was the final earlier than Greider will sentence Damas on Friday, both to life in jail or to demise. Damas waived his proper to a jury when he pleaded guilty to six counts of first degree murder in September.
As he has done on occasion in the past, Damas refused to talk or really participate in any way as prosecutors and his defense attorneys made their closing arguments. And he refused to talk when asked repeatedly by Greider to clarify whether he wanted her to consider the mitigating evidence and testimony presented in his favor Monday by his court-appointed lawyers.
Previously: Neurologist: Mesac Damas brain abnormalities consistent with schizophrenia
Ultimately, Greider ruled that Damas’ silence meant he had been clear in September when he waived his right to have evidence presented on his behalf. His lawyers disagreed with Greider’s decision.
“Without him answering in a criminal court, you can’t assume he’s agreeing with anything that’s being done here,” said James Ermacora, one of Damas’ two lawyers.
In her closing argument to Greider, which lasted over an hour, Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox laid out the evidence against Damas to prove aggravating factors — among them that the September 2009 killings were heinous and atrocious, as well as cold, calculated and premeditated — that would allow Greider to impose a death sentence.
There were receipts for the filet knife Damas bought at Walmart and later used to slash each family member’s throat, video of him buying the knife and, of course, the knife itself — its blade bent in the violent attacks.
Most powerfully, Fox used Damas’ own words against him, reading long passages directly from Damas’ statement to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office detective, detailing what she called a “murderous rampage.” Damas plugged his ears with white tissues during her presentation, and dabbed his eyes.
In his statement to the detective, Damas talked about being outside his family’s home the night of the killing, watching his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, for 2 ½…