Satanic Worshipper Defends Himself In Murder Case

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(CBS4) MIAMI — A trial is underway Tuesday in a Miami-Dade courtroom for a self-proclaimed Satanic worshipper who recently found God.

Though defending himself, Lazaro Galindo did have a legal aide counselor, Tom Cobitz, seated at this table. He’s charged with second-degree murder of 44-year-old Argelio Gonzalez.

Investigators say Galindo and Gonzalez were in love with the same woman. Galindo allegedly stabbed Gonzalez to death, sliced into his head with a hatchet, and then cut up the body.

Prosecutor Herber E. Walker III recreated for jurors what he said was a gruesome murder, and he did it with the murder weapons.

Most of Gonzalez’ body was found in a park in Brownsville after a group of children saw a leg sticking up from a garbage can. Some body parts, including fingers, were never recovered.

During opening statements Tuesday morning, the prosecutors played a tape of a 911 call made after the body parts were discovered in the park.

The first witnesses called to the stand included Galindo’s girlfriend, who said she wasn’t aware of the situation that allegedly led up to the murder, and Gonzalez’ daughter.

Up until last weekend, Galindo had maintained he was a member of the Church of Satan and even insisted that he be allowed to wear special satanic garb during his trial.

On Monday, he informed the judge that he had found God and that the satanic issue need not be brought up before the jury. But Assistant State Attorney Walker said he planned to bring up Satan and read specific passages from the satanic bible that included human sacrifice.

Walker plans to introduce photographs that reportedly depict Galindo showing police where he had tossed the knife after the crime. He also plans to introduce Galindo’s alleged confession to the murder in which he told police an evil spirit inhabited his body at the time of the crime. Galindo has since refuted the statement.

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Aug. 14. 2007
Ileana Varela
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