MMA fighter allegedly mutilates, kills man while intoxicated, trial hears

Under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, U.S. mixed martial arts cage fighter Jarrod Wyatt allegedly ripped out his sparring partner’s heart, cut out his tongue and ripped off parts of his face while he was still alive and then cooked his body parts, witnesses in Wyatt’s murder case testified in court.

According to testimony, Wyatt, 26, was convinced Taylor Powell, 21, was being possessed by the devil after drinking mushroom tea, the Daily Telegraph reports. An autopsy revealed Mr. Powell bled to death.

Police testified that they found Wyatt naked over Mr. Powell’s body, surrounded by various body parts, including an eyeball, and a lot of blood on the morning of March 21.

From the Times-Standard:

The victim and the suspect, according to the testimony, became preoccupied with the idea that a tidal wave was coming, that the end of the world was upon them and that a struggle between God and the devil was taking place.

The Times-Standard reports that Sgt. Elwood Lee, the officer who responded to the police call, made from a man identified as Justin Davis, found Wyatt naked, mumbling and covered head to toe in blood:

”I killed him,” Sgt. Lee recalled Wyatt as saying at the time of arrest.

Sgt. Lee was able to cuff Wyatt without incident, and then he proceeded to look at the body on the couch. The body had had the majority of its face removed, and an 18-inch incision in its chest cavity. Sgt. Lee said that he did not attempt first aid because he could see the man was dead.

Sgt. Lee said that Wyatt said he’d cut out Mr. Powell’s tongue, and that he’d removed his heart. He also mentioned that there had been a “big fight” in the kitchen. Wyatt told him that when he’d looked at Mr. Powell’s face he’d seen the devil, Sgt. Lee said.

The witnesses then testified that Wyatt cooked Mr. Powell’s body parts:

Sgt. Lee said that Wyatt told him he’d done some bad things, and that he’d cut Mr. Powell’s heart out and burned it because he felt that Mr. Powell was still alive and he was trying to “stop the devil.”

A lawyer representing Wyatt says he didn’t have control of his actions because of the drugs, the Times-Standard reports, saying that therefore, there was no intent that would make him responsible for premeditated murder:

A lawyer representing Wyatt has claimed the wild mushrooms caused him to act in such a violent way and had not control over his actions “My client was trying to silence the devil,” said James Fallman. “I think he was having a psychotic fit based on the mushrooms he had.”

Wyatt is charged with first-degree murder, torture and aggravated mayhem. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday where he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

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