An MMA fighter who is accused of involvement in the murder of his training partner is said to have been under the influence of psychedelic drugs at the time of the incident, according to a report on the New York Daily News.
The report also said that a judge in California has upheld the charges against 26-year-old mixed martial artist Jared Wyatt. He is charged with the murder of his sparring partner Taylor Powell; the two were said to have been in the belief that it was almost the end of the world and that a final struggle may happen between God and the devil.
According to Del Norte County Police Sgt. Elwood Lee, the police respondent on the scene, Wyatt had alleged that he saw the devil in Powellâ€™s face. An 18-inch hole was cut in Powellâ€™s chest and his heart was removed â€“ allegedly by Wyatt. Powellâ€™s tongue was also cut off and majority of his face was removed.
Lee also revealed that Wyatt had admitted to cooking Powellâ€™s body parts in a wood stove, believing that Powell was still alive and that he had to stop the devil.
Wyatt had reportedly revealed to Detective Ed Fleshman that he and Powell along with a couple other friends had drunk hallucinogenic mushroom tea before the incident happened.
Billy Jo Bailey, Wyattâ€™s ex-girlfriend, was present at the time that the group drank tea and said that she noticed a change in the behavior of Powell after drinking the tea. Wyatt and Powell reportedly figured in a fight.
Wyatt is charged with aggravated mayhem and torture, and first-degree murder.