Klamath, CA - Two years ago we reported on Jarrod Wyatt, a mixed-martial artist who was accused of ripping out his friend’s heart after the two ingested some hallucinogenic mushroom tea. Last Thursday, Wyatt pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges.
Back in March 2010, a then 26-year-old Wyatt and his sparring partner, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, were drinking tea brewed with hallucinogenic mushrooms. People who were at the home at the time stated Wyatt began mumbling about a coming tidal wave and the end of the world before he started fighting with Powell. When Wyatt and Powell were left alone in the home, Wyatt became convinced Powell was the devil.
When one of their friends showed up at the home later, he saw Wyatt on the couch next to his Powell’s mutilated corpse. Wyatt had removed most of Powell’s face, including his tongue, and had cut out his heart while the man was still alive. 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.” They would find Powell’s heart charred in a wood-burning stove.
Sgt Lee, the responding officer, would later tell the court that Wyatt admitted to them that he had killed his friend and cooked his body parts because he thought Powell was still alive and he needed to stop the devil. Sgt Lee would also state that at one point Wyatt asked if the police were God coming to save him.
Wyatt had initially entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity but a judge would rule that Wyatt was competent to stand trial. Deciding that a jury would probably recommend a life sentence, Wyatt struck a deal with prosecutors four days before the trial was to start. By pleading guilty to first-degree murder involving mayhem, Wyatt is looking at 50 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
“We looked for an agreement that would at least give him the opportunity to be paroled someday,” said Wyatt’s attorney, James Fallman. “As bad as 50 years to life sounds, it’s better than life without the possibility of parole.”
District Attorney Jon Alexander added that the earliest he’ll see a parole board will be in 2062, and that by doing this, they have saved the involved families from reliving the incident at trial. Wyatt’s official sentencing is set for Oct. 4.
Tags: California, Crime, Drugs, Jarrod Wyatt, Murder, mushrooms, Mutilation