Details emerge about North Naples man who killed wife, kids

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Mesac Damas

NAPLES, Fla. A bizarre letter, a gruesome statement to detectives, and an expression of regret.

All were read Tuesday in court during a presentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty to brutally killing his wife and children in 2009. Mesac Damas, 41, could be given the death penalty when JudgeĀ Christine Greider hands down the sentence Friday.

An attorney for Damas read a letter he wrote to the judge that read, “go ahead with your work with my blood on your shoulders signed C.O.G.”

The attorney explained that Damas meant for C.O.G. to stand for child of God. A voodoo and religion expert called by the defense Monday testified that Damas felt compelled by the devil to carry out the killings.

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Prosecutors on Tuesday read a statement Damas made to Collier County Sheriff’s detectives that described the grisly murders, including a passage about his wife kicking the wall in the bathroom in an attempt to get the attention of neighbors.

Damas said in the statement that he didn’t intend to kill his two youngest children but didn’t want them to end up living with their mother-in-law.

Since he had already killed his wife and other three children and felt he would ultimately be put to death for the crimes, he reasoned that he should go through with killing the other two children, according to the statement.

Damas also told detectives he regretted what he did and would do anything to change it.

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