May 28, 1992 |
The charismatic religious sect leader who calls himself the Son of God was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to commit murder after a five-month trial filled with testimony about beheadings, mutilation and brutal beatings. Yahweh ben Yahweh--born Hulon Mitchell Jr.--was found guilty in connection with the plotting of 14 separate murders, two attempted murders and the terrorist firebombing of an entire block in Delray Beach, about 50 miles north of here.
December 18, 1992 |
A jury in Miami deliberated just over 2 1/2 hours before acquitting black sect leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh and three of his disciples in the murder of a man who reportedly challenged another of their followers. But Yahweh remains in prison, serving a 16 1/2-year sentence for his federal conspiracy conviction in May in 14 murders, two attempted killings and arson. In the state trial, Yahweh was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Cecil Branch.
January 2, 1992 |
A black separatist cult leader who built an economic empire in the ghetto with thousands of followers faces trial in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., today on a vast racketeering indictment. Yahweh ben Yahweh, who was born Hulon Mitchell Jr., is accused of running his religious sect as an instrument of terror, masterminding murders and silencing those who did not follow his whims. Fifteen of Mitchell's followers also will be on trial.
May 23, 1992 |
The government accused Yahweh Ben Yahweh of torturing and murdering dissident members of his black sect because he claims he is the son of God, his attorney said in closing arguments Friday. "My client is guilty," attorney Alcee L. Hastings said. "He's guilty of preaching, caring, teaching . . . guilty of loving people. . . . He's guilty of saying he's the son of God. But he's not guilty of any racketeering murder."
August 21, 1992 |
Two aides to Yahweh Ben Yahweh were each sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for helping run a campaign of terror under the black religious leader's command. Linda Gaines and Richard Ingraham, along with Yahweh and four other followers, were convicted in May of racketeering-conspiracy in 14 murders, two attempted murders and an arson committed between 1981 and 1986. The two Yahweh followers proclaimed their innocence and said they would appeal. They also were fined $5,000 apiece. U.S.
April 23, 1992 |
A religious sect leader charged in the deaths of 14 people testified Wednesday that his teachings were not intended to cause hatred--especially racial hatred of "white devils." Yahweh ben Yahweh, who is charged with murder conspiracy, said he never intended his teachings to inspire violence. "I feel remorseful about anyone who has lost his life," Yahweh testified. "I feel especially sorry for the families.