Mesac Damas’ attorney files not guilty plea

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A public defender representing Mesac Damas, who is charged with killing his wife and five children, filed a written plea of not guilty Wednesday.

Deputy Public Defender Michael Orlando also asked to be allowed to inspect, copy and photograph all information and material within the state’s possession and requested a copy of any criminal records pertaining to Damas.

Damas, 33, is charged with six counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the killings last month of his wife Guerline, 32, and their five children, Meshach “Zack,” 9, Maven 6, Marven 5, Megan, 3, and Morgan, 19 months. The victims were found in their North Naples home Sept. 19. Damas’ arrest warrant says their throats were slit and all were stabbed.

The not guilty plea and request for discovery is standard in all criminal cases. Last week, Orlando was granted a motion to have a forensic psychologist examine Damas to determine if he is competent to stand trail and whether he was insane at the time of the offense.

On Oct. 26, Damas will be arraigned by Collier Circuit Judge Frank Baker and at that time he also has a violation of probation hearing before County Court Judge Robert Crown.

Damas was on a year’s probation and was to take anger management and parenting and battering classes as part of his conviction for domestic violence misdemeanor battery.

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