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Mother accused of killing daughter with crucifix faces trial

OKLAHOMA CITY - Law enforcement officials and a medical examiner have taken the stand Wednesday in a trial against a woman accused of killing her daughter with a crucifix.

Juanita Gomez, now 51, faces a first-degree murder charge for the brutal beating of her daughter, Geneva Gomez, in August 2016.

According to court documents, Juanita told police she believed her daughter was "possessed by the devil" and admitted to forcing a crucifix down her throat and watching her die.

An investigator with the Oklahoma City Police Department testified Wednesday that he was the primary crime scene investigator of the case at the time. In court, members of the jury were shown photos of the victim laying on the floor of a home near 15th and McKinley. With her body placed in the shape of a cross, she was found with a large crucifix on her chest.

The investigator told the court he noticed the carpet was "unusually clean," indicating there had been some clean up.

He also testified the seemingly clean carpet was dry, meaning it's possible the victim had been dead for some time before investigators arrived on the scene.

Tests were also done on the walls which showed drip trails of blood that could not be seen with the naked eye, he said.

During cross examination, the defense noted there was no blood found on the plastic portion of the crucifix. It was only found on the top, according to investigators.

The final witness to testify in the trial was Dr. Clay Nichols, the medical examiner who performed Geneva’s autopsy. During his testimony, graphic photos of the victim were shown.

According to Nichols, there was an apparent fracture to her neck area along with a visibly bruised face and multiple stab and puncture wounds to the body. Nichols told the courtroom one of the contributing factors of death was blunt force trauma to the head and face caused by homicide.

The defense noted there was no evidence that could pin-point exactly when Geneva died. They did not present any witnesses during trial but did ask the members of the jury to pay attention to the facts, not just the accusations.

The jury will return to court at 9 a.m. Thursday morning for instructions and closing arguments before deliberation.