A sick killer who murdered two boys by slitting their throats will face the death penalty after a jury unanimously recommended the punishment on Friday.
After a five-day trial Mark Wilson was found guilty of the first-degree murder of 14-year-old Tatyen and 12-year-old Robert Baker in August 2020, reports the New York Post.
Wilson, of Florida, USA, was living in a shed on family property with his wife – the boys' aunt – beat the youngsters in the head with a hammer before cutting their throats.
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The boy's mother Sarah Baker was sleeping in the house while the murders took place, however, a homicide detective testified that she would have been unable to hear them in the living room from her bedroom because of insulation.
Speaking at a news conference shortly after the incident State Attorney R.J. Larizza said: "I can tell you, I’ve been working in the criminal justice system since 1980 and these are some of the most brutal murders that I’ve ever heard of. He attacked these two kids without mercy."
Putnam County sheriff Kevin McConville, meanwhile, described the murder scene as one of the worst he had ever seen.
In a horrifying account recalled in the courtroom, Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Dunton told jury that it appeared as though Wilson had either tried to slit older brother Tayten's throat multiple times or saw through his neck.
And younger brother Robert's neck was slashed "end to end" almost resulting in decapitation.
Mum Sarah testified during the trial that before the murders, she had seen Wilson outside sharpening a knife that would later match the murder weapon. She found the body of her oldest son at the end of an 18-foot trail of blood.
Wilson's own mother, Chrisy Adkins was said to have played a pivotal role in the investigation as a confidential informant, agreeing to record the conversation with her son that would ultimately lead to his arrest.
She said: "I told Mark that he needed to cooperate. Take a lie detector test and clear his name. He got out of the bed, and he said, 'Mom, I can’t do that,' and I asked if he hurt those babies… and in a voice that wasn't his own, he said, 'Yes, mom, I did it.'"
She went on to claim that Wilson would speak in a strange voice at times when using drugs.
The courtroom heard a recorded conversation with Wilson, in which the murderer explained that he killed the boys because he believed the family was going to report him and his wife to the Department of Children and Families.
He also claimed he and his wife had plotted to annihilate the entire family – according to an arrest warrant.
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