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Was Chad DeSoto really possessed during his rampage?

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Magic, contortions, and hallucinations - was Chad DeSoto really possessed when he went on his rampage through Tumon seventeen months ago?  

Week Three of the DeSoto trial heated up with defense calling on DeSoto's girlfriend, Reanne Acasio. "That's what started my suspicions. Later on he started telling me about electricity running through his blood. And he also believed he had magic in him. Another occurrence was that I remember he told me he was pretending to sleep and his family would chant over him. He thought that they were trying to steal his magic."

The 19-year-old Acasio was flown in from California where she attends college. The military dependent says she met DeSoto in an acting class in 2011 while her family was stationed on Guam. The two began dating later that year.

Although they were no longer a couple when she relocated in October 2012, the pair communicated almost daily via telephone and Skype.

Today, Acasio recalled unsettling conversations with DeSoto in the hours leading to his rampage through Tumon on the night of February 12, 2013. Specifically she recalls an eight hour conversation the night before.

"This was the scariest part of the conversation. At one point whatever was in his head got so bad that he said he was being possessed. I think I'm not sure if he said that but I remember at one point of the conversation, he started contorting," she said.

Acasio admits she had blocked DeSoto on Facebook and Skype at DeSoto's family's request, but that day, she knew she had to be there for her friend who called her in tears.

"He was hallucinating that a woman was following him everywhere and he said that the voices in his head weren't leaving him alone. In his head that he was just losing the battle. These voices would not just leave him alone. He begged me to stay on Skype with him, so I did. I did everything I could to console him. He asked me to pray with him," she recalled.

DeSoto also spoke of a leviathan - or a large sea monster or creature. She remembers he looked uneasy at areas away from the computer screen before their Skype connection broke. Acasio attempted to reconnect, but to no success. The next she heard of DeSoto, a friend in Germany broke the news.

She said, "I read it. What happened. I didn't think anything like that would happen. Usually he just gets better. At first I thought she was going to tell me he killed himself."

Acasio kept her cool for majority of her testimony until Gerald Henderson's cross-examination revealed she and DeSoto are currently in a dating relationship.  "Do you consider yourselves to be a couple now?" she was asked, to which she replied, "Yes."

In tears, Henderson requested that Acasio step away from the stand to the courtroom well to imitate the contortions she reported DeSoto made on February 11, 2013.

"I can't...but I don't want to," she said.

She confirmed the two talk weekly and write letters, but denied ever discussing what she would testify once under oath on the stand.

Acasio also reported DeSoto's sudden fascination with government conspiracy, pyramids, elitists and his belief that he was destined for eternal damnation in hell. Trial will continue on Monday with expert witness testimonies on DeSoto's mental health.

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