Maryland Mother Charged With Murder After Exorcism

Maryland Mother Charged With Murder After Exorcism

Posted: Updated:
GERMANTOWN, MD -

28-year-old mother Zakieya Avery has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder after attempting an exorcism on her four children because they were "possessed."

The youngest two were found dead in the home from stabbing while the oldest were injured by a knife attack.

Monifa Standard, 21, lives in the house with the family and has also been charged with murder.

Dr. Bill Stewart is a professor of the University of Maryland and an expert in exorcisms and suspects that "they thought they were doing a righteous act."

"This level of killing a person, especially if it's your own child or children, seems to be beyond the pale of legitimacy," says Stewart.

According to those who knew the family, the killings were a manifestation of the mother's mental illness.

"Mental health is a big issue," says neighbor Robert Wooden. "And I think we really need to step up and supply these people with the help they need."

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • No Leads On The Cause Of Sea Isle's 7 Alarm Fire

    No Leads On The Cause Of Sea Isle's 7 Alarm Fire

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:10:30 GMT
    A seven-alarm fire is captured on smart phone video as it burns several homes, including beachfront properties, in Sea Isle City.
    A seven-alarm fire is captured on smart phone video as it burns several homes, including beachfront properties, in Sea Isle City.
  • Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

    Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

    Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:51:01 GMT
    NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.
    NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) - A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices