A Florida man that was convicted of killing his wife and five children eight years ago has pleaded guilty to six counts of premeditated first-degree murder.
Mesac Damas slit the throats of his wife and their five children back in 2009.
The 41-year-old faces a possible death sentence, which he previously requested.
During a hearing on September 29, Mesac stated, "I love my people, my wife and children. But this thing happened. I don’t have an answer for it. I wish I had an answer for it, but I don't. When I stand before the great God, I will ask him a lot of questions. From now on, I’m just going to put my trust in him, and say sorry to the whole world."
Damas has been in custody since 2009 after he admitted brutally his wife Guerline, 32, and children Michzach, nine; Marven, six; Maven, five; Megan, three; and 11-month-old Morgan.
The six victims were found in the family's apartment with stab wounds and their throats slashed on September 18 by Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk after the family asked police to conduct a welfare check.
Rambosk previously called the murder “the most horrific and violent event" in the history of their county.
Damas initially fled to his home country of Haiti but was arrested and returned to the United States. He claimed he took off for Haiti to say goodbye to his family and claimed he was going to turn himself in.
Mesac blamed the six murders on his mother-in-law, stating "the devil, her spirit, whatever she worships" made him do it.
He told a reporter he wanted the jury to immediately sentence him to death, before adding his wife and children were "innocent." The reported asked why he killed his wife and children. He responded, "The devil. The devil exists...When I did it my eyes was closed, right now my eyes are open."
Damas's trial had been delayed after his attorneys argued that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a long history of mental illness that began during his childhood in Haiti.
Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt temporarily put Damas's trial on hold until the Supreme Court ruled whether the state's death penalty laws and procedures were constitutional.
The Court ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to allow judges to reach a different decision regarding death penalties than juries. Prosecutors are now seeking death penalty and Damas himself has been asked to be put to death.
Damas has also waived his right to a jury trial and his right to have his lawyers present "mitigating evidence." Witnesses and evidence could sway a judge not to impose the death penalty.