A California father who admitted to drugging, raping and killing his 14-year-old daughter in the middle of his death penalty trial wants to take back his guilty plea, according to reports.
Mark Mesiti, 49, pleaded guilty in court earlier this month to a number of charges, including murdering his own daughter, Alycia Mesiti-Allen, The Mercury News reported.
Mesiti has since changed his mind and intends to ask a Modesto judge to let him withdraw his guilty plea, the newspaper added.
He admitted mid-trial to 49 felony counts against him regarding his daughter’s death in order to avoid the death penalty.
Alycia vanished in 2006, but her body turned up in 2009 — reportedly buried behind a home Mark had previously rented. An autopsy found the girl — who had traces of drugs ranging from anti-depressants to methamphetamine in her system — died from acute drug intoxication.
Less than a year before the girl’s death, Mesiti was granted custody of Alycia and her brother after their mother was deemed unfit to care for them, even though he had been previously convicted of both state and federal charges which included drunken driving and bank fraud, the newspaper reported. It added that Mesiti was running a methamphetamine lab during this period.
Prosecutors argued Mesiti had drugged his daughter then documented sexual assaults against her by either filming the encounters or taking photos. The jury saw approximately 100 pictures found on Mesiti’s computer — 54 of them showing Alycia and her father together, according to the Daily Mail.
Files also showed a 16-year-old girl Mesiti knew being sexually assaulted.
The judge now has to decide whether Mesiti can take back his guilty plea.