Mom guilty of murder after forcing crucifix down daughter's throat

Jury recommends life without parole for woman convicted of killing daughter with crucifix

Oklahoma jury: Woman guilty in daughter's crucifix death

Juanita Martinez Gomez appears in Oklahoma County District Court for trial.

Oklahoma mother, Juanita Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday and is facing life in prison without parole for killing her daughter Geneva Gomez back in 2016.

The Associated Press reports that fifty-one-year-old Juanita Gomez was found guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shoving a crucifix and medallion down her daughter's throat. That day, the victim was found by her boyfriend inside her mother's house.

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Juanita Gomez showed no emotion during the trial, which began Monday. She was bloody, beaten and lying on the floor with her arms out in the shape of a cross, according to testimony. According to police she was bloody and nearly unrecognizable, with a large crucifix on her chest and sever injuries to her face and head.

Gomez pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors called the killing "incredibly brutal".

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On Tuesday, Merlos testified that, after seeing Geneva Gomez's body, Juanita Gomez put him in a headlock as he tried to leave and mumbled about the "devil" and "money", according to the Oklahoman.

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