Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Police say follower of Wicca murdered man, don't buy her story that he tried to rape her

Police say the woman in the story below lied that the man she killed had tried to rape her. If the police are correct, this woman is the personification of evil: she not only killed an innocent man, she tried to destroy his good name after he could no longer defend it.

Thanks to Kevin for the link.

‘Witch’ charged with slaying man during spring ritual

A rite of spring allegedly turned deadly for a New Mexico man.

A woman claiming to be a follower of Wicca, a pagan religion often associated with witchcraft, is accused of killing a man shed met an Albuquerque hiking trail with a dagger she said was to be used in ritualistic celebration of spring.

Angela Sanford told police that victim Joel Leyva, a man she had only just met, tied her arms, made “inappropriate sexual gestures,” and took the dagger from her, ABC News reports.

Sanford told police that she feared Leyva was going to rape her, and decided to take charge of the situation by wriggling free of the ropes and allowing him to believe he was being seduced. She allegedly pushed Leyva on his back, removed her clothing except for her underwear, and knelt on the ground over him. She then then stabbed Leyva “three times in the stomach area.”

Sanford allegedly left the scene, eventually asking a hiker to use a cell phone to call police.

But investigators found multiple inconsistencies in Sanford’s story of attempted rape. Leyva was actually stabbed 11 to 13 times in the head and torso, police said.

According to police reports, none of the witnesses saw Sanford fleeing the area or calling out for help, and her clothes were found folded at the scene.

“Sanford is currently facing a single count of murder, and she's being held on $500,000 bond,” Pat Davis of the Albuquerque District Attorney's office told ABC News today.

Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Nadine Hamby told ABC News that Sanford's claims of Wiccan beliefs have not influenced the investigation.

“A homicide is a homicide,” said Hamby.