An 18-year-old boy, Jose Reyes, is currently undergoing trials in the US state of Texas for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, Corriann Cervantes, during a , before gouging her eyes, disfiguring her body and killing her.
Reyes, and his accomplice, 16-year-old Victor Alas, allegedly killed Cervantes in a vacant apartment in southeast Houston in February this year, in a bid to sell their souls to the
According to , on the night of the incident, the two boys allegedly engaged in consensual sex with Cervantes before brutally attacking her.
Reyes, who was 17 at the time of the crime, faces a life sentence if convicted of capital murder but would be eligible for parole after 40 years, according to the Houston Chronicle. If he's convicted of murder, the jury would determine his punishment.
Prosecutors contend the two teens were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they disfigured the girl's body, including carving an upside down crucifix on her stomach.
Assistant District Attorney John Jordan said:
Jordan told jurors Cervantes and the alleged assailants, who attended school together, went to the apartment to have sex after a late night of alcohol and marijuana use at a friend's apartment. He said the scene descended from consensual sex to a brutal beating with the heavy porcelain lid of a toilet tank.
He said the teens used a screwdriver to stab Cervantes in the face and torso dozens of times.
During the ritual, the boys are alleged to have strangled her, carved an inverted crucifix into her stomach, and gouged her eyes out. Remnants of a toilet lid used to hit her were found embedded in her skin.