A former member of a black supremacist sect testified that leader Yahweh ben Yahweh ordered an attack on dissident members and celebrated after one man was beheaded and two were attacked.
Lloyd Clark, once a bodyguard for the sect, said he witnessed part of the assault on dissident Aston Green in November 1981. He said he was told by a participant that Green was later taken to the Everglades and beheaded.Clark admitted he was aware sect members planned to kill Green.
"I knew what was going to happen," Clark said during testimony Thursday in the second week of Yahweh's racketeering trial. "I would have cut his head off, that's how brainwashed I was."
Clark, 31, who has not been charged, said he and other sect members justified the killings because Yahweh cited passages from the Bible he said exonerated them.
Yahweh, who legally changed his name from Hulon Mitchell Jr. to the Hebrew words for "God, son of God," is accused of using violence, arson and extortion between 1981-87 to build a small Miami sect into a religious empire with hundreds of followers and $8 million in real-estate holdings.
Yahweh, 56, is charged with conspiracy to commit 14 murders, two attempted murders, extortion and arson. He faces up to 60 years and $60,000 in fines if convicted.
His 15 co-defendants face 20 to 60 years on other extortion, arson and racketeering charges involving murder plots.