The charges against mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt sound like something from a horror film. The 26-year-old is alleged to have attacked training partner Taylor Powell on and cut out Powell's heart, tongue, and face. Wyatt has been charged aggravated mayhem and torture as well as first degree murder.
According to NY Daily News, officers who responded to the incident early on March 12 stated Powell was unrecognizable and Wyatt was still not psychologically sound. The two fighters had, along with two other friends, drunk hallucinogenic mushroom tea. This caused Powell and Wyatt to believe the world was ending and the devil was present.
Powell and Wyatt began yelling at one another and at some point started to fight. Believing Satan was in Powell, Wyatt attacked him and cut into Powell's chest to remove his still beating heart. He also cut out Powell's tongue and face in order to "silence the devil," Wyatt said. He later cooked all three parts of Powell's body because he thought the devil was still alive. Powell's state of consciousness at the start of the mutilations is unclear.
The police were called after one of the friends who had drunk the tea earlier, returned to see Powell and Wyatt fighting.
Prosecuters will be using the torturous aspects of the crime to argue for first-degree murder. Wyatt's defense attorney is pleading his client had a psychotic break, causing him to lose control of himself and his actions.