‘Exorcist killer mom who initially feigned memory problems and mental illness to appear incompetent, abandoned her insanity defense after court-appointed forensic psychologist found her competent to stand trial’
Oklahoma mother is found guilty of murdering her daughter,by forcing a crucifix down her throat to rid her of Satan
Juanita Gomez, 51, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday
Gomez admitted to Oklahoma police she killed her 33-year-old daughter Geneva, at her Oklahoma City home, in August 2016
She forced a crucifix and a medallion down her daughter’s throat because she thought Geneva was possessed by the devil
Geneva was found with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified and a large crucifix had been placed on her chest
Geneva’s boyfriend, Francisco Merlos, who stumbled on the scene testified that he inquired why Gomez did not seek medical help for the victim, but the defendant ‘kept mumbling about “devil and money”,’ and told him her daughter was ‘possessed’
When Merlos tried to leave, Gomez put him in a headlock, he prised himself loose and called cops
Jury recommended life sentence without parole
Her insanity defense crushed, a smiling Juanita Gomez, was found guilty of first-degree murder in Oklahoma on Thursday in the gruesome 2016 death of her adult daughter, Geneva Gomez
A self-appointed exorcist Thursday was convicted of murder after she caused the death of a close relative
Juanita Gomez of Oklahoma City was convicted of killing her 33-year-old daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed she was possessed by the devil.
Gomez, 51, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday in the gruesome 2016 death of her daughter Geneva Gomez.
Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Police were called to Gomez’s home in Oklahoma City in August 2016 after the victim’s boyfriend came across her bruised and bloodied body lying on the floor.
Geneva was found with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified and a large crucifix had been placed on her chest.
The boyfriend, Francisco Merlos, testified during the trial that when he asked Gomez why she did not seek medical help for Geneva, the woman ‘kept mumbling about “devil and money”,’ and told him that her daughter was ‘possessed’.
When Merlos tried to leave, he said Gomez put him in a headlock but he was able to free himself from her grasp and call police.
Police were called to Gomez’s home in Oklahoma City [photo], in August 2016 after the victim’s boyfriend came across her bruised and bloodied body lying on the floor
Court documents indicate that Gomez told police her daughter had been speaking in tongues in a demonic voice the night before her death, her eyes had rolled back in her head and that she had threatened to kill her mother.
Gomez also said the bruises on her arms and hands were from her daughter resisting her attempts to exorcise Satan from her body.
The Juanita Gomez told police she then forced a crucifix down her daughter’s throat until blood came out of her mouth and watched her die.
Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Lavenue likened the crime scene inside the home to a ‘horror film’.
Victim: Geneva Gomez [photo L-R], was found with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified and a large crucifix had been placed on her chest
He met her dead instead and called authorities. When police arrived “Juanita stated she punched her daughter repeatedly and forced a crucifix and religious medallion down her throat until blood came out of her daughter’s mouth,” according to court documents.
“Juanita saw her daughter die and then placed the body in the shape of a cross.”
Merlos said Geneva had visited him two days before and taken her belongings, at the request of her mother. Juanita Gomez wanted her daughter to dump Merlos, and had accused him of being a thief. An allegation he denied.
The end: A grim-faced Juanita Gomez, being led out of court after her conviction Thursday. She could spend the rest of her days behind bars
During the trial, jurors were shown a crime scene photo of the victim lying on the floor with the crucifix on her chest.
She had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against her.
Her lawyers had signaled their intent to present an insanity defense at trial but later scrapped that plan.
A court-appointed forensic psychologist found Gomez competent to stand trial and said she was feigning memory problems and mental illness to appear incompetent.
Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole when Gomez fronted court on Thursday.
According to the Oklahoman, sadly Merlos discovered his girlfriends’ body the day they “were going to go to the courthouse and get married,” he told the paper.