Oklahoma court affirms life sentence in crucifix death

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In this photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Juanita Gomez is pictured in a booking photo dated Aug. 28, 2016. Gomez is accused of killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix down her throat. (Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. (KTAL) – (4/19/19) The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the life sentence of a woman convicted of killing her adult daughter by forcing a crucifix and medallion down her throat because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil.

The appeals court on Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of 52-year-old Juanita Gomez in the 2016 death of 33-year-old Geneva Gomez.

Police found the victim lying inside her mother’s Oklahoma City home with her arms spread out as if she had been crucified. A large crucifix had been placed on her chest.

In another case, the court also upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life prison sentence of 27-year-old Revival Pogi, who was convicted of the 2014 stabbing death of 52-year-old Steven Qualls during a robbery in his Oklahoma City home.

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