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See smaller Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas appears in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, where Circuit Judge Frank Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas appears in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, where Circuit Judge Frank Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Neil McLoughlin talks to the press after a sounding for Mesac Damas in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011. Damas spoke out in court asking Judge Baker if he could represent himself. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Circuit Judge Frank Baker speaks to Prosecutor Rich Montecalvo during a sounding for Mesac Damas in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dep. Jeff Tayar, right, asks Mesac Damas to quiet down an listen to the judge as Damas speaks out in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Attorney Neil McLoughlin talks to the press after a sounding for Mesac Damas in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011. Damas spoke out in court asking Judge Baker if he could represent himself. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Attorney Neil McLoughlin talks to the press after a sounding for Mesac Damas in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011. Damas spoke out in court asking Judge Baker if he could represent himself. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Mesac Damas speaks in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Dep. Jeff Tayar, right, asks Mesac Damas to quiet down an listen to the judge as Damas speaks out in Collier County court Friday, January 7, 2011, telling Circuit Judge Frank Baker that he would like to represent himself. Damas also turned toward news cameras and advised others to find a church and believe in Jesus. Judge Baker ruled to allow a third competency examination on Damas and set a court date for February 4, 2011 to follow up. Damas is charged with six counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of his wife and five children on September 19, 2009. Lexey Swall/Staff

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