A jury in Oklahoma has convicted a woman of killing her 33-year-old daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil.
Fifty-one-year-old Juanita Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2016 death of Geneva Gomez. Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Police found Geneva Gomez lying on the ground inside her mother’s Oklahoma City home with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified. A large crucifix had been placed on her chest.
Court documents indicate Juanita Gomez told police she forced a crucifix down her daughter’s throat and watched her die.
The lead prosecutor recounted for the jurors how the victim was found by her boyfriend on the floor of her mother’s home badly bruised and bloodied, with a crucifix resting on her chest.
The boyfriend, Francisco Merlos, later testified how he could not recognize Geneva’s face when he came by her mother’s house looking for her, only to find her sprawled out on the floor with her arms in the shape of a cross, reported NewsOK.
Merlos said when he asked Juanita Gomez why she did not seek medical help for Geneva, the woman ‘kept mumbling about “devil and money,”‘ and told him Geneva was ‘possessed,’ he told the court.
When Merlos tried to leave, he said Juanita put him in a headlock, but he was able to free himself from her grasp and call police.
Following her arrest, Juanita told police that her daughter had been speaking in tongues in a demonic voice the night before her death, that her eyes rolled back in her head and that she had threatened to kill her mother.
She also reported hearing a demonic voice coming from her television while trying to watch a Christian channel.
Gomez also said that the bruises on her arms and hands were from her daughter resisting her attempts to exorcise Satan from her body.
A psychologist found her competent to stand trial and said she was feigning memory problems to appear incompetent.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 12th, 2018
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