KLAMATH, Calif. – Mixed martial arts occasionally gets some bad press, but this story takes the cake.
If you have yet to hear about it, on March 21, professional MMA fighter Jarrod Wyatt (1-0) cut open the chest, ripped out the heart, and cut off the tongue of his training partner, Taylor Powell, after becoming convinced Powell was possessed by the Devil.
If mutilating the guy was not enough, Wyatt also allegedly told investigators he cooked the body parts because he thought Powell was still alive and “he needed to stop the Devil.”
Police said the scene looked like something out of a horror film. When authorities arrived, Wyatt was found naked, standing over his dead training partner with blood and body parts, including an eyeball, strewn about the room.
Wyatt, along with his girlfriend, Powell, and another friend, had reportedly drank a hallucinogenic tea which they made out of psychedelic mushrooms and apparently lost all touch with reality.
Detective Ed Fleshman testified:
‘Satan was in that dude,’ is what he told me. According to him that’s what God was telling him to do is stop the devil.”
Wyatt has been charged with first degree murder and torture and has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney James Fallman has claimed the wild mushrooms caused Wyatt to lose control of his actions.
“My client was trying to silence the devil. I think he was having a psychotic fit based on the mushrooms he had.”
The prosecuting Del Norte County District Attorney Mike Riese commented:
“We easily proved those counts. The judge really had no choice … The evidence was really overwhelming on murder.”
Wyatt has a professional MMA record of 1-0. His only recorded pro fight took place in January 2010 and was with (oddly enough) Resurrection Cage Fights in Roseburg, Oregon, where he won via TKO in the first round.