|Published:||Jan 07, 2011 6:39 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 07, 2011 3:40 PM EST|
NAPLES-- A local man accused of killing his family wants to represent himself during his first-degree murder trial.
Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker on Friday told 34-year-old Mesac Damas he will consider the request after he undergoes a third mental evaluation. Two previous mental evaluations have offered conflicting evidence regarding Damas' competency to stand trial. The judge said the third psychologist's report will act as a "tie breaker."
While being led out of the courtroom, Damas told the judge to "make sure he has Jesus in your life."
Damas is accused of cutting the throats of 32 year-old Guerline Dieu Damas and their five young children in their Naples town house in September 2009.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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