WARNING! This article features some highly graphic details of mutilation, murder and mayhem.
U.S. Cage-Fighter claims, "Satan was in that dude"
Eureka, CA. - A Northern California Judge has made a ruling against American cage-fighter, Jarrod Wyatt 27, who was arrested after being accused of ripping out his training partner's still-beating heart, severing the man's tongue and removing some of his skin while the man was still alive.
Del Norte County Judge William Follett instated criminal proceedings against Wyatt, of Klamath, in the wrongful death of his friend and sparring partner, 21 year old Taylor Powell. The judge's decision promptly came after a pair of court appointed psychiatrists ably determined that Wyatt was mentally competent enough to stand trial. The trial has now been set for September 10th, 2012.
Convinced his friend was possed by the Devil, reports say Wyatt also tore off much of Powell's face in the brutal assault. Police officers at the site say the scene resembled a horror film. They say they found a naked Wyatt standing over his victim with mutalated body parts, including an eyeball, strewn around the blood-spattered room in Klamath, CA.
Allegedly, Wyatt had told police that he had drunk a cup of tea spiked with highly hallucinogenic mushrooms at the Requa area home and then became convinced Powell was possessed.
Detective Ed Fleshman, who testified he'd spoken with Wyatt later that morning in a holding cell after the arrest, said Wyatt told him he, along with two other friends had drunk hallucinogenic tea some time prior to the horrific incident.
Shouting that a tidal wave was coming, Wyatt reportedly tried to prevent his friend Justin Davis from leaving the location a short time before the final acts of violence. However, Davis did then manage to leave the residence at that time.
Wyatt's ex-girlfriend, Billie-Joe Bailey, was also there. She claims that both Wyatt's and Powell's behavior soon changed after drinking the spiked tea. She continued to say that Powell told Wyatt repeatedly, "You wanna fucking die" as a threat. Bailey says she thinks the pair believed they were engrossed in a struggle between God and the Devil.
Davis says he later returned to the scene to pick up his dog only to find Wyatt completely naked with his body covered in blood. Davis claimed he saw a detached eyeball and Powell's mutilated body in the room. He then called 911.
Veteran Del Norte County Police Sgt. Elwood Lee, who intially responded to the gruesome incident early on March 21st, reported that Wyatt told him at the scene that he saw the Devil in Powell's face and that "Satan was in that dude."
Wyatt had allegedly opened an 18-inch hole in Powell's chest to remove his heart, cut out his tongue and also removed the majority of the skin from Taylor Powell's face. According to the autopsy, Powell bled to death after his heart was taken from his body. The coroner in charge surmised that Powell had been alive when his heart was initially ripped out after his chest cavity had been sliced open with a knife.
In addition to counts of first-degree murder and aggravated mayhem, torture was added to the list of charges because the victim was still alive as the crimes continued.
Sgt. Lee said that Wyatt also admitted that he tried to cook the body parts in a wood-burning stove at the residence because he felt he needed to "stop the devil" by making sure Powell was truly dead.
Lee said in court, "At one point, he (Wyatt) asked if we were God, or if we were God coming to save him." Lee also said that the accounts of the events on the evening of the murder were clouded by the statements made by the few witnesses who were in the residence at the time of the incident or leading up to it, all of whom are believed to have ingested amounts of the psychedelic mushroom cocktails.
A lawyer, James Fallman, representing Wyatt has claimed the wild mushrooms caused his client to lose control of his actions in a violent way. "My client was trying to silence the Devil," said Fallman. "I think he was having a psychotic fit based on the mushrooms he had."
However, prosecutors successfully argued that the act of removing Powell's heart, tongue and face took ample time to provide evidence of malicious intent. Wyatt's defense attorney, Fallman, then said he agreed with the judge's determination without the need for a jury trial.
Wyatt has pleaded "not guilty" and "not guilty by reason of insanity" and will face life in prison without parole if he is convicted.
Jarrod Wyatt's Official MMA Stats:
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Professional Record: 1-0-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Round One (3:59) TKO Win vs. Seth Stanfill @ Resurrection Fights on 1/30/2010
Current Status: Awaiting Trial for murder.
Uncaged Acts of Violence....
Although, the extremely haunting method of madness surrounding the circumstances involved in the Jarrod Wyatt murder make it a nearly unpresidented case, a degree of brutality outside of the cage or ring is not a complete stranger to a small minority of Mixed-Martial Artists or Boxers and its rabid fans.
In 2012, the California Department of Corrections announced in a formal press release that a former UFC-Fighter named Joe Son had been identified as the prime suspect in the murder of an unamed fellow inmate.
Choked out by Keith Hackney in UFC-4, early MMA fighter Joe Son who received a life in prison sentence back on September 9th, 2011 on previous charges of gang rape on a woman who was walking her dog on Christmas eve.
After a serious of attacks on Son by other inmates who do not tolerate rapists, it was then reported he had murdered his own cell mate. There has been little details on how or exactly why Joe Son may've killed another prisoner.
As an actor, Joe Son is most notably known for his role as the charactor "Random Task" in the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery from 1997.
Another MMA fighter, Sergio Salcido along with his friend and co-worker, Kevin Joel Romero, were both gun-downed by an unknown assailant who approached them from between the lines of cars at a Tijuana, Mexico border crossing on an early morning in 2011. Reports say these two innocent young Americans were coldly gunned-down just sitting in their pickup truck while waiting in line to cross back in to the United States at the San Ysidro station.
Fellow MMA fighter and known mentor of Salcido's, Dominque Robinson, reports his friend was only living in Mexico because of hard times. They were heading to the jobs they help in San Diego, CA.
Also, in 2012 came big news of a former MMA fighter making serious death threats directed at UFC President Dana White. Wannabe fighter Dan Quinn made a tirade offensive jabs at White, saying he had plans to "shoot Dana (White) right in the head" until law enforcement officers interviened.
Quinn has also even left several terrifying voicemail messages threatening to bomb the UFC Main Headquarters along with the offices of Dana White and put a bullet in the back of his head.
Quinn has posted online YouTube videos, which displayed his harsh rambling threats to Dana White. He even somehow managed to obtain his (White's) personal cell phone number to leave cryptic messages.
Acting as if he might've been possessed, Quinn can be heard saying in those voicemails, "Since you're bringing that to me, you should be worried about your own safety, bitch." He ranted on further adding, "I'm gonna shoot you in the back of the head motherfucker." In one highly particularly weird message, Quinn even spoke with a Irish accent to threaten White.
All of the recordings were turned over to Las Vegas police for an investigation.
Having about nine years as fighter, professionally Quinn never fought directly for the UFC.
He did, however, get his chances to face off with then future UFC standouts, once even losing to future UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir.
Thankfully, because of the majority of mainly decent overall human values that can be associated within the martial arts and in most combative sports, the death list in MMA is actually very short.
To this day, there is still only a very few isolated incidents of accidental death cases that have been directly caused to an individual while practicing Mixed-Martial Arts.