Fort Worth Man ‘called by Wind Chimes and Directed by Dark Prince' Convicted in 2014 Slaying

A Fort Worth man who attempted to plead insanity in a 2014 slaying was convicted by a jury in less than an hour and a half Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.Miguel Hernandez, 32, was convicted of capital murder for killing 56-year-old James Bowling in what police say was a violent burglary attempt. According to a psychologist called in his defense, Hernandez said he was on several "missions" the night he killed Bowling in July 2014."He had this belief that a beautiful woman was waiting for him who wanted to have sex with him," psychologist Matt Mendel said, according to the Star-Telegram. "And he wanted to have sex with her. All he had to do was find her. That was his only obstacle."He then said the wind chimes were guiding him toward the house where Bowling and his roommate, 82-year-old Don Keaton, were sleeping. If he went inside, a "dark prince" would reward him, Hernandez told Mendel.According to police, Hernandez entered the house through the window shortly before 2:30 a.m., waking Bowling and Keaton up.He then strangled Bowling while Keaton called 911.When the 84-year-old confronted Hernandez, Hernandez beat him and poured drain cleaner on him, giving him chemical burns.Police found both Bowling and Keaton on the floor, covered in blood and drain cleaner. Bowling was dead, and Keaton suffered "numerous blunt force injuries."Hernandez was located in his truck two doors down, naked. His keys were still in the pockets of his clothing, which he left in the victims' backyard. "Every square inch of his body was covered in blood," an officer testified.He had suffered multiple cuts either during the fight or when he fled the house by jumping through a window, police said. At the time of his arrest, Hernandez was already wanted on outstanding warrants, including one alleged parole violation the month prior, according to the Star-Telegram.Hernandez is a registered sex offender whose prior convictions include assault with bodily injury, failure to identify, driving while intoxicated and sexual assault.Jurors will now decide if Hernandez will receive life in prison without parole, or if he will die by lethal injection.  Continue reading...

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