|The bodies were found after Mesac Damas left Miami.|
TAMPA - A southwest Florida man has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of his wife and five children, authorities said yesterday.
The Collier County sheriff’s office said Mesac Damas has been ordered held without bond upon his return from Haiti, where he is being detained.
Florida investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest on the murder charges and were traveling to the Caribbean nation yesterday to interview him.
Damas, 33, boarded a flight from Miami to Haiti on Friday. The following evening, deputies found his wife, Guerline Damas, and their five children slain in a Naples town house.
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said that his agency has asked Haitian authorities to extradite Damas, and that they have two ways to proceed: through the normal extradition process under a treaty in place between the two countries since 1904, or by deporting Damas, since he is a US citizen.
The family was discovered Saturday after a relative filed a missing persons report. The sheriff’s office has not said how Guerline Damas, 32, and her children were killed, but a relative said detectives told the family their throats had been slit.
Authorities have said there was a history of domestic abuse between Guerline and Mesac Damas, who had been married for two years and together for 10.