MMA fighter accused of ripping out friend’s heart and tongue, pleads guilty to murder

Jarrod Wyatt was suspected of having committed a heinous murder. California prosecutors informed the public recently that mixed martial artist Jarrod Wyatt pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges this past Thursday.

Wyatt was accused of ripping out his friend’s heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic ‘trip’ together.

Wyatt, 29, pleaded guilty to first degree murder involving mayhem relating to the death of his sparring partner, 21 year old Taylor Powell. He agreed to a plea deal in which he will serve 50 years to life in prison. His official sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

“The earliest he’ll be able to see a parole board is 2062,” District Attorney Jon Alexander said as per cbsnews. “We saved Taylor’s family the agony from reliving the incident at the trial.”

Wyatt reportedly didn’t want himself or his family to have to testify.

“We looked for an agreement that would at least give him the opportunity to be paroled someday,” Fallman said. “As bad as 50 years to life sounds, it’s better than life without the possibility of parole.”

When police arrived on March 21, 2010 at a home at the mouth of the Klamath River, they found Wyatt naked and covered in blood. He told the officers, “I killed him,” and said he had cut out Powell’s heart and tongue, according to court documents.

The officers found Powell’s body on the couch. His chest was cut open, and his heart, tongue and the skin of his face were gone, court records said. His heart was found charred in a wood-burning stove.

Witnesses said the two ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms before the attack. Wyatt was reportedly convinced that the world was about to end and that Powell was the devil. Wyatt initially tried pleading not guilty by reason of insanity but a psychiatrist judged he was competent to stand trial.