In 2016 he had come to the North McKinley Avenue home in Oklahoma Metropolis to attempt to win her again two days after they broke up. Gomez’s mom, Juanita, answered the door and let him in. Moments later, he noticed the physique.
“I can simply see my woman laying in there, like together with her arms out, the crucifix proper right here,” he advised Reuters Thursday. “You could not even acknowledge her face in any respect. Like that is not my woman, you realize?”
On Thursday Juanita Gomez, fifty one, was discovered responsible of first-diploma homicide of her 33-yr-previous daughter – who died after the mom beat her and compelled a crucifix down her throat as a result of she believed her youngster was possessed.
The jury beneficial a sentence of life in jail with out parole, in line with Oklahoma County courtroom officers.
On Tuesday, Merlos testified that, after seeing Geneva Gomez’s physique, Juanita Gomez put him in a headlock as he tried to go away and mumbled concerning the “satan” and “cash,” in response to the Oklahoman.
He then referred to as Oklahoma Metropolis police, and officers discovered Geneva Gomez splayed on the ground with marks of extreme trauma round her head and face, in response to courtroom paperwork. Emergency responders pronounced Geneva Gomez lifeless on the scene.
Juanita Gomez later advised police she believed her daughter was possessed by the satan, and confessed to punching Geneva Gomez repeatedly and forcing a crucifix and non secular medallion down her throat till blood spilled out of her daughter’s mouth. After watching her daughter die, Juanita Gomez unfold the physique out within the form of a cross. She informed police she then tried to wash her daughter and different gadgets in the home.
Police in courtroom paperwork famous that Juanita Gomez’s palms have been swollen and her arms have been bruised.
“Juanita said these bruises have been from her daughter preventing her makes an attempt to rid Devil from her daughter’s physique,” an Oklahoma Metropolis police investigator stated in a 2016 courtroom doc.
Juanita Gomez had pleaded not responsible to first-diploma homicide. Courtroom data present her protection attorneys deliberate to supply an madness protection at trial, however a psychologist discovered Gomez was feigning reminiscence issues to seem incompetent, the Oklahoman reported.
In his temporary opening assertion Tuesday, Juanita Gomez’s lawyer, Nick Southerland, requested jurors to pay shut consideration to the proof introduced within the case and “not simply the accusations,” the Oklahoman reported.