MMA Fighter Pleads Guilty to Murder

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In 2010, Jarrod Wyatt, a 26-year-old MMA fighter from Crescent City, CA, was arrested for murdering his friend, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, while the two were allegedly on mushrooms, a hallucinogenic drug. The Huffington Post reported on Saturday, Sept 8, that Wyatt agreed to a plea deal and will serve no less than 50 years.

“The earliest he’ll be able to see a parole board is 2062,” Alexander said. “We saved Taylor’s family the agony from reliving the incident at the trial.”

The facts in the report revealed that Wyatt cut an 18-inch hole in his sparring partner Powell’s chest, ripped out his heart and cooked it. Police know this because they found the heart charred in a wood burning stove. In addition the report adds that the autopsy showed that Powell’s organs were taken from his body while he was still alive.

“The officers found Powell’s body on the couch of the Requa home. His chest was cut open, and his heart, tongue and the skin of his face were gone,” court records said. Wyatt, who was found naked and covered in blood when arrested had also said “I killed him” to the officers that first arrived on the scene.

Initially, Wyatt had attempted to plead “not guilty by way of insanity”, but after medical evalution, he was deemed 100-percent in control of his faculties and competent to stand trial. The plea deal should at least spare the victim’s family from having to relive the sordid details on trial.

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