Quantcast
Connect with us

Maryland woman committed to hospital for kids’ exorcism slayings

Published

on

A judge ordered a Maryland woman who killed two of her children in what she called an exorcism committed to a psychiatric hospital on Thursday, a prosecutor’s spokesman said.

Zakieya Avery, 31, of Germantown, pleaded guilty this week to killing her 1-year-old son and daughter, 2, in January 2014 during a ritual she believed would drive evil spirits out of their bodies. Two of her other children were also injured.

ADVERTISEMENT

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann ordered Avery held indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital after declaring her not criminally responsible, the spokesman said. The “not criminally responsible” finding is Maryland’s version of not guilty by reason of insanity in other states.

Avery had pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The two slain children were stabbed and strangled.

Avery’s housemate, Monifa Sanford, was ordered committed to a psychiatric hospital last year after pleading guilty to her involvement in the killings.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Dan Grebler)

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

GOP voters infuriated by primary cancellations to protect Trump from challengers

Published

on

Republican voters are frustrated by states cancelling GOP primaries to boost President Donald Trump's re-election chances.

The president is currently facing three primary challengers in former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and many GOP voters are angry that states are taking steps to throttle their campaigns, reported Business Insider.

Continue Reading

Facebook

MSNBC guest appalled by Trump’s new Ukraine scandal: ‘As grave a moment as we have experienced’

Published

on

An anonymous intelligence official submitted a complaint to their agency's inspector general about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.

Little is known at this point, but sources told the New York Times that it's most likely related to Ukraine. Earlier in the year, the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden's son Hunter.

The president shot back on Twitter, railing against the intelligence community.

Continue Reading
 

Facebook

‘How could they do this to us?’ Ask Afghan farmers after reporting reveals officials knew civilians were in area of lethal US drone strike

Published

on

"This is just one of the horrors of endless war."

Afghan officials knew for over a week that civilians were in the area bombed by a U.S. drone strike on Wednesday, raising more questions about the attack that killed 30 farmers and wounded 40 more.

"My son and his friends were killed by the Americans," village chief Malak Khaiyali Khan told Reuters. "How could they do this to us?"

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image