NAPLES — Mesac Damas' arrest warrant charges the North Naples man with premeditated murder, alleging he slit the throats of his five children and wife and stabbed them all.
The warrant says the crime was committed between Thursday and Friday, the day Collier County Sheriff's Office investigators say he boarded a plane to Haiti.
Damas, 33, was booked into the county jail at 3:35 a.m. after investigators brought him back and questioned him and is expected to have a first appearance at 2 p.m. today before Collier County Judge Janeice Martin.
Damas, a cook at a local restaurant, could be executed if the State Attorney's Office seeks the death penalty for the deaths of Damas' wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, Meshack "Zack", 9, Marven, 6, Maven, 5, Megan, 3, and Morgan, 11 months.
Damas confessed to a Daily News reporter Tuesday that he'd killed his family and wanted to die and go to heaven. It could not be immediately determined if he has an attorney or will apply for a public defender.
Affidavits providing further details into the brutal slayings were sealed by County Judge Vince Murphy at the request of Sheriff's Detective Andrew Henchesmoore. The sealed envelope in the court file is marked "confidential until 10/10/09." The search warrant and affidavits showing the evidence gathered after investigators searched the North Naples townhouse has not yet been filed with the County Clerk's Office.
The couple, who were together 10 years and married for two, had gone to Domestic Relations Court three times since 2005, with Dieu contending he beat her, and Damas claiming she cut herself and blamed him.
Damas had just been sentenced in June to a year of probation on a misdemeanor battery charge. His wife told investigators that on Jan. 5 he ripped her shirt off, slapped and choked her, causing her to drop baby Morgan, who fell to the concrete floor; she was not injured.
Both times she was granted a restraining order against him she begged judges to lift it, saying she wanted to give him another chance and needed him to help with the children and financially. His two attempts at restraining orders against her were never granted. He admitted not being in fear of her.
Damas had been complying with a state Department of Children and Families case plan that was part of a separate DCF case against him, and is a condition of probation in the criminal case. He had been visited by a caseworker weekly, and authorities reported he was doing well and going to parenting and batterer's classes.
The arrest violates his probation and he will have a probation violation hearing in county court, in addition to his felony murder case in circuit court.
DAMAS FAMILY KILLINGS COVERAGE
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- Damas family slayings: Year later, still haunting lives of friends, family, deputies
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MESAC DAMAS CONFESSION VIDEO:
DAILY NEWS STAFF JOURNALISTS TALK ABOUT THE CASE:
- THE FIELD: Naples Daily News staff writer describes how he obtained an interview with Mesac Damas
- THE FIELD: Visual Journalist Greg Kahn discusses being the first journalist at the Damas crime scene, and other observations from the field.
- THE FIELD: Staff Writer Steven Beardsley answers questions about his interview with Mesac Damas