Self-described devil worshipper Kethan Beschorner stared into his lap Tuesday as his attorneys acknowledged to jurors that he’s guilty of slitting a friend’s throat two years ago, nearly decapitating her.
In an unusual start to a murder trial, Beschorner, whose hand is tattooed with a pentagram, remained silent as he was asked how he wanted to plead, leaving state District Judge Philip Kazen to enter a not guilty plea.
The defendant’s attorneys then told jurors that police did a good job and that Beschorner’s “horrible handiwork” had been used on Michelle LaGue, a popular waitress at two San Antonio eateries, the Pig Stand and Casbeers.
In an interview with detectives after his arrest, Beschorner admitted the slaying.
“You’ll hear him agree that she did not provoke him in any way … that she didn’t deserve anything that happened to her,” prosecutor Julie Wright told jurors. “He blames it maybe on intoxication. But you’ll also hear that the defendant blames his activities on his Satanic worship.”
LaGue also might have been targeted by Beschorner, police surmised, because she had been subpoenaed as a witness in a high-profile capital murder trial stemming from the 2005 Taco Land slayings, which was set to begin the week after her death.
Religion News Blog posted this on Wednesday October 20, 2010.
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