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NAPLES — Investigators from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office located a knife inside the Damas family home that they believe Mesac Damas used to kill his wife and five children last week, the agency reported Thursday.
“We’re still inside the scene collecting evidence, part of which is fingerprints,” Capt. Chris Roberts said. “Analysis will come after that.”
The Sheriff’s Office also released new details about the crime scene.
The body of Damas’ wife, 32-year-old Guerline Damas, was discovered inside a first-floor bathroom inside the family’s townhouse at 864 Hampton Circle, in the Stratford Place community. Roberts would not say if she had been sexually assaulted, or if she had defensive wounds consistent with a struggle.
“Injuries on either party could be explained in various ways,” he said.
The body of 9-year-old Michzach Damas was found in an upstairs bedroom, the Sheriff’s Office reported. His siblings, Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and Morgan, 11 months; were found in an adjacent bedroom.
Investigators believe Mesac Damas, a cook at a local restaurant, killed his family after work on Sept. 17, and then fled the following morning to Haiti, where he was later captured. Mesac Damas, who admitted to the Daily News that he killed his family, faces six counts of premeditated first-degree murder, and could face life in prison — or death — if he is convicted.
An arrest warrant alleges that Mesac Damas slit his family members’ throats and stabbed them.
Roberts wouldn’t say if investigators believe the children were killed in their sleep.
“They were found in bedrooms,” he said. “Beyond that, I can’t answer. It would be speculative.”
Investigators have finished processing Mesac Damas’ 2001 GMC Yukon Denali, which he drove to Miami before flying to Haiti, the agency reported. The Sheriff’s Office is nearing the end of its investigation, Roberts said.
Once it is complete, the State Attorney’s Office will receive it and begin reviewing it for charges, spokeswoman Samantha Syoen said.
“We have been working closely since the crime happened,” she said.
Also Thursday, funeral plans were finalized for the Damas family. The funeral is slated for Oct. 3, at First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, North Naples. However, officials said final burial plans are pending.
There have been “some discussions” about Mesac Damas attending the funeral next weekend, though his public defender, Mike Orlando, said he doesn’t “think it’s going to go anywhere.”
“I don’t know if that is going to be possible. In fact, I don’t think it’s going to be possible,” Orlando said. “I don’t think it’s likely that a judge will sign an order allowing that.”
Orlando also said that Mesac Damas is not doing well in jail. He is being housed in the medical housing area, where he is on strict suicide precautions, and is not allowed any visitors other than his attorney due to his high-risk status.
“It’s just the situation that he’s in is just an overwhelming situation,” Orlando said. “To say that he was doing well in the jail would not be a correct statement.”
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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