Jarrod Wyatt, a U.S. cage fighter, is charged with a horrific crime of removing the beating heart of his training partner Taylor Powell and ripping him apart. He insists that he snapped after drinking tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms — causing him to believe that the partner was possessed by the devil.
The police found the 26-year-old standing naked over his friend’s body with body parts strewn around the room in Klamath, California. The trainer, 21, bled to death after the removal of his heart.
It is sometimes said that the best criminal defense is often found in the worst cases since insanity is more believable when the act is incomprehensible. This would certainly fulfill that criteria but Wyatt will have a difficult time with an insanity defense which has been made more difficult since the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, (here and here).
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