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State Attorney Stephen Russell, left, talks with Public Defender Mike Orlando after a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff

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State Attorney Stephen Russell, left, talks with Public Defender Mike Orlando after a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Mesac Damas is brought in to the courtroom Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas is brought in to the courtroom Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas is brought in to the courtroom Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas is brought in to the courtroom Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Linda Oberhaus, executive director for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples sits in court during a brief status update hearing for  Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Public Defender Mike Orlando sits with his client Mesac Damas during a brief status update hearing Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Collier County Judge Frank Baker speaks with State Attorney Stephen Russell, left, Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo, center, and Public Defender Mike Orlando during a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo, center, talks to Public Defender Mike Orlando during a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • State Attorney Stephen Russell, left, Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo return to their seats after meeting with Judge Frank Baker during a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Public Defender Mike Orlando talks with Mesac Damas during a brief status update hearing Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • State Attorney Stephen Russell, left, talks with Public Defender Mike Orlando after a brief hearing for Mesac Damas on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later. Lexey Swall/Staff

Mesac Damas appears in court on Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Collier County Courthouse. The court appearance was the first time Damas, 33, has been seen in public since his September arrest. He is accused of slitting the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and five young children in mid-September and then fleeing to Haiti where he was arrested days later.

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