Crescent City, CA — Former mixed-martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt pleaded guilty to first degree murder and mayhem Thursday after he was charged for cutting out the heart and tongue of friend and fellow spring partner Taylor Powell, tossing Powell’s heart in a wood burning stove.
Considering the nature of the gruesome crime, Wyatt is lucky that he will be serving time in jail, instead of prosecutors seeking the death penalty, reports Gawker.
Wyatt and Powell were tripping on hallucinogenic mushrooms at the time of the murder, when Wyatt became violent, cutting an 18-inch hole in his friend’s chest, before ripping his heart out.
The scene that police officers came across was bloody and gruesome. Police arrived at the Klamath River home, finding the former MMA fighter naked and covered in Powell’s blood.
He told officers, “I killed him,” admitting to ripping out his friend’s heart, which police found in the wood burning stove. Powell’s body was found on the couch, his chest cut open and his tongue, as well as the skin of his face, gone.
An autopsy later determined that Taylor Powell’s organs were removed while he was still alive. The New York Daily News notes that District Attorney Jon Alexander stated:
“The earliest he’ll be able to see a parole board is 2062. We saved Taylor’s family the agony from reliving the incident at the trial.”
Wyatt’s attorney also made a statement, saying that:
“We looked for an agreement that would at least give him the opportunity to be paroled someday. As bad as 50 years to life sounds, it’s better than life without the possibility of parole.”
The MMA fighter and lawyers reached the agreement on Thursday night, just four days before the trial was set to begin.