Klamath, CA - I don’t know how the hell I managed to miss this one…must have been sleeping off a three day Jäger binge or something. Anyway, back on March 21st, Jarrod Wyatt, a 26-year-old mixed martial arts cage fighter, allegedly killed his friend, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, in a most savage, brutal and gory manner.
According to the probable cause statement, authorities responded to Powell’s home after a man named Justin Davis called to report he had seen a naked and bloody Wyatt standing over Powell’s obviously dead body. Davis told police that he had been at Powell’s residence earlier that day and noticed Wyatt was acting strangely after drinking “some kind of mushroom tea.”
He said he left the residence but returned later to pick up his dog – that’s when he walked in on the gruesome scene. When a deputy arrived at the home, he saw Wyatt on the couch next to his friend’s ravaged corpse. Powell’s body was covered in blood and most of his face was removed. Again, according to the probable cause statement, “a large incision in the chest could be seen, and other unspecified body parts had been removed. An eyeball was resting in the middle of the room.”
Wyatt reportedly told the deputy that he’d cut Powell’s heart out and thrown it into the fire. There was blood and gore throughout the home. The responding officer reported seeing large indentations in the sheetrock in the bathroom – it looked as if the dents were made by the back of someone’s head. What appeared to be wild mushrooms were found in the kitchen, along with a marijuana garden.
During his arrest and during the ride to the county lockup, Wyatt repeatedly said “he’d killed his Taylor.” Powell’s death certificate states that he “died from having his heart removed while he was still alive, causing him to bleed to death.”
Holy fucking hell…that is some twisted shit right there. It also lists significant blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and compression of the neck. Days later, Wyatt pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and torture. The torture charge was filed because prosecutors believe the victim was aware of what was happening as it happened. The pre-trial hearing begins next week.Tags: aggravated mayhem, California, Crime, Drugs, first-degree murder, Jarrod Wyatt, Torture