DAMAS FAMILY KILLINGS COVERAGE
ONE YEAR LATER:
- Year after slayings of Guerline Damas, five kids, relatives ask ‘did it really, really happen?’
- Confessed killer Mesac Damas wants to die, so should court system let him?
- Damas family slayings: Year later, still haunting lives of friends, family, deputies
- Jail phone call: Accused killer Mesac Damas talks to father about his slain family, Satan and adultery
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
Mesac Damas, the suspect in last year's slayings of his wife and five children, will likely be in court for a status hearing on his case today.
Scheduled as a trial, the hearing will instead allow Collier Circuit Judge Franklin Baker to assess the progress of the death penalty case, which is still moving through the docket. More than 1,000 pages of discovery — investigative reports and interviews — have been released thus far by prosecutors.
Damas, 33, is charged with six counts of first degree murder. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
Baker may address the resignation of Damas defender Michael Orlando, who has announced he is leaving the Public Defender's Office in July. Homicide defender Kathleen Fitzgeorge will assume the case