Prosecutors have dropped charges against the self-proclaimed “Catholic Warrior” who had been accused of destroying a Satanic Temple holiday display, citing a lack of evidence, the Tallahassee Democrat‘s Karl Etters reports.
She reported walked up to two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers and said that she was “sorry, but I have to take this down.”
Hemeryck then, in her own words, “yanked that little devil off the fishing line.” Her only regret, she told the Associated Press, was that “I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.”
In January, her lawyer claimed that the case against her “represents the state basically putting an attack on Christians,” but last week prosecutors decided to drop the charges because, they determined, “the defendant is simply carrying the display. No damages are apparent — it is simply disassembled.”
On the video, capitol police can be seen stopping Hemeryck from leaving the building — a building that lawyers for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State had fought hard to have the displayed placed in.
After the charges were dropped, Hemeryck issued a statement in which she said that “I am very grateful to God for giving me the grace to take a stand against Satan and those who invoke his name even if they do not fully know what they are doing.”
“I was not afraid of going to trial,” she continued. “I wanted the jury to know that I did not act criminally as wrongly portrayed, but a devout Catholic following the Church’s teaching for non-violent and peaceful opposition of evil.”
Watch video of Hemeryck “carrying” the display below via The Daily Mail.