If you’re a 77-year-old woman cleaning your 99-year-old mother’s house at 2 in the morning, the last thing you’d expect to see is a young black man running through your house.
You also wouldn’t expect him to hit you on the head and flee into the night.
You really wouldn’t expect to find your mother dead in her bedroom, either.
And you absolutely wouldn’t expect the young black man to be the son of a local Reverend.
Police responded to a 911 call made by 99-year-old Edith Mecalla’s 77-year-old daughter after she was hit by a young black man running through her mother’s house at just past 2 in the morning on the 9th of October, 2007.
After arriving at the woman’s residence, police searched the area but found nothing but Edith Mecalla, mother of 11 and grandmother of 50, dead in her bed. She had been sexually assaulted.
Police did, however, get Edith’s daughter to describe her assailant well enough to a police sketch artist that 17-year-old Moise Opont was recognized and arrested the next day.
Moise Opont, the troubled son of a preacher man, had already had several run-ins with the law in his area, with battery on a police officer and burglary charges already on his record.
Cleverly, authorities charged Moise Opont with burglary and battery on a person over 65 years old. Unfortunately for Moise, he had no idea that the woman he had raped was dead…and as a result, cooperated with authorities for a while.
He talked enough to lead authorities to believe that he didn’t have robbery as a motive and that Edith had been purposefully targetted.
Then the investigators charged Moise Opont with first-degree murder and sexual battery.
It is possible that he will be charged as an adult.
Moise Opont’s father, the Reverend Richard Opont, told reporters, “My defense is in God’s hands, every day I teach my family the same thing.”
Moise is apparently a slow learner.