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Police: Man who heard ‘devils’ admitted to killing 6-year-old boy

Updated Friday, May 27, 2011 | 12:54 p.m.

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Carl Marcus Guilford

An 18-year-old man who admitted to hearing voices of “devils” was arrested Thursday after he allegedly suffocated his 6-year-old nephew with a blanket, according to an arrest report released today.

Carl Marcus Guilford, of Las Vegas, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center in connection with murder. He is being held without bail.

According to an arrest report, police responded Thursday morning after a woman reported that her son, Christopher Montgomery, wasn't breathing. The boy was taken to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An examination by the Clark County Coroner’s Office revealed Montgomery had been dead for several hours.

Police returned to the home in the 1400 block of East Desert Inn Road and learned that Guilford also lived there. Guilford’s mother described her son to police as a “troubled young man” who had been acting strange for the past three to six months after he allegedly had been smoking marijuana that she said might have been laced with something.

That had “changed him,” said his mom, who also told police Guilford would regularly speak of spirits and the “Illuminati,” and had mentioned making sacrifices. Others at the house also described Guilford as troubled.

Guilford was picked up by Metro officers at a Las Vegas Strip hotel early Thursday on a prior warrant out of Henderson.

Officers questioned Guilford at the Henderson Detention Center. According to the arrest report, he spoke to detectives about angels and demons, then admitted to smoking marijuana in the past that might have been laced with something.

He told police that before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Montgomery had entered a bedroom that he and Guilford shared. He thought his nephew was sleepwalking and saw him crouched by the bed, police said in the report. Guilford then allegedly pushed him onto the bed as Montgomery complained that he didn't want to be in the room.

Guilford allegedly told police he grabbed a comforter and held it over his nephew’s mouth for 30 seconds. He also told police he was aware that Montgomery had asthma and had trouble breathing, officers said in the arrest report.

Guilford allegedly told police that Montgomery wasn’t breathing and he wasn’t sure whether he was dead or alive.

“Guilford commented to detectives that he heard a voice in the room after he rolled the child onto his stomach that said ‘well done,’ ” the arrest report said. Guilford told police he believed the voice came from “devils.”

Guilford then admitted to detectives that he had squeezed his hand around the child’s throat, police wrote in the report.

He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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