Two Texas teens charged with the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes were allegedly attempting to make a deal with the devil, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Cervantes was abducted last Wednesday, raped, stabbed and then beaten over the head with an ashtray and a toilet tank lid until she died. Her partially-clothed body was found Saturday morning in a vacant apartment. There was an inverted cross carved into her stomach.
Police arrested Jose E. Reyes, 17, and another 16-year-old male classmate, who both knew Cervantes from their high school in Clear Lake.
Reyes admitted to selling his soul to Satan and claimed that his juvenile accomplice wanted to do the same, according to Assistant Harris County District Attorney John Jordan.
"They discussed the fact that Mr. Reyes had sold his soul to the devil," Jordan said. "And if they ended up killing this teenager, it would also allow the 16-year-old to also sell his soul to the devil."
"During the course of events, this teenager screamed, 'Why are you doing this to me?' and attempted to run from the apartment," Jordan added. "They stopped her and this became a kidnapping and eventually she was killed."
A neighbor who discovered the body said there were religious items placed around her.
"There were puncture wounds to her face, which is consistent to a screwdriver," Jordan said.
On Feb. 5, Reyes was charged with capital murder as an adult and his accomplice was charged with capital murder as a juvenile.
When Reyes appeared in court Monday he smiled for cameras. He is being held in the Harris County jail with no bail.
The unidentified 16-year-old is being held at the Harris County Juvenile courthouse.
Sources: Daily Mail, Houston Chronicle