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Women Accused of Gouging Out Sister’s Eyes

July 15, 1994

DALLAS (AP) _ Two Louisiana women gouged out their sister’s eyes because they feared she had been possessed by a demonic spirit, a prosecutor said.

Doretha Crawford and Beverly Johnson are to be arraigned Aug. 3 on charges of aggravated assault.

‴The devil made me do it,′ that’s not going to wash with me under any circumstances,″ assistant district attorney George West said Thursday. ″I mean it’s not recognized in Texas law and I don’t recognize it.″

Crawford, 34, and Johnson, 35, are accused of beating their sister, Myra Obasi, with their fists and blinding her with their fingers during a March 18 prayer session in a Dallas home. The women claim an evil spirit invaded their 30-year-old sister when they left Louisiana and drove to Texas a day earlier, West said.

West said the women practice hoodoo, which combines elements of voodoo from Africa and Haiti with Biblical verse and Catholicism.

Obasi, who still resides with Crawford in Arcadia, La., had asked that her sisters not be prosecuted.

Defense attorney Lela Washington called the case ″a waste of the taxpayers’ money, effort (and) time.″

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