A murder trial saw a courtroom outburst from a very unexpected source after the defendant showed absolutely no signs of remorse for her brutal crime.
A 32-year-old woman from Jackson, Michigan who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of her boyfriend, received some harsh words from a judge during her sentencing.
Calling the crime the most heinous and cold-blooded one he has ever dealt with, Judge John McBain feels justified in what he said as well as the sentence he gave her, but some people are questioning his extreme reaction.
38-year-old Marcel Hill and Camia Gamet shared an apartment together in Jackson, Michigan, back in 2013. While Hill’s friends and family were well aware that their relationship was toxic, they had no idea that it would end in such a tragedy.
Gamet had been raised in foster homes and claimed to have been assaulted by one of her foster dads. This upbringing resulted in a penchant for drugs and a violent streak that built her a reputation of being erratic and dangerous.
Marcel Hill was known by family and friends to be the polar opposite of Gamet, friendly and amenable, but suffered from “cognitive limitations,” which made it challenging for him to handle everyday tasks by himself.
Unfortunately for Hill, his compliant nature made him the perfect victim for Gamet to prey on. While living together, Hill suffered from a number of violent attacks by Gamet until one episode would eventually cost him his life.
The first incident of violence occurred after the couple had been living together for just over a year. A fit of unadulterated rage resulted in Camia Gamet stabbing Hill with a knife. However, neither reported the event and Gamet stitched up Hill’s wound herself.
Falling victim to another one of Gamet’s attacks, Hill was forced to go to the hospital after she had punctured one of his lungs. Still, Gamet wasn’t arrested despite the brutal nature of her assault.
Authorities came close to placing Gamet behind bars, but Hill’s devotion to her proved to complicate things. In March 2013, a Jackson County prosecutor charged Gamet with domestic violence and felonious assault after she struck Hill on the head with a hammer.
Unfortunately, the prosecutor was forced to close the case after Marcel Hill was too afraid of Gamet to press the matter and abstained from cooperating with law enforcement personnel.
On Saturday, May 18th, 2013, authorities were called to Hill and Gamet’s residence after a neighbor called to report what they believed to be domestic violence. Once authorities arrived, they found an incoherent Gamet staggering around outside of her apartment covered in blood.
What the police found inside the couple’s abode was even more disturbing. Authorities entered the residence to find destroyed furniture, a bloody filet knife, and a frying pan that had been totaled and coated in blood.
The crime scene was evident after police found Hill lying dead in the apartment after visibly being bludgeoned with an array of hard objects. Believed by authorities to have been beaten repeatedly with a nearby broken lamp and frying pan, Hill was also stabbed eleven times and had his torso cut wide open.
Gamet was arrested the night of the incident and was charged two days later with open criminal homicide, which allows the jury or judge to determine the degree of murder appropriate during possible conviction.
In February 2014, the Camia Gamet murder trial commenced and the convicted murderer showed absolutely no remorse or respect in the courtroom. Despite her unsympathetic attitude, defense attorney Anthony Raduazo attempted to convince the jury that Gamet woke from a drug-induced stupor and thought she was being attacked by an intruder, which prompted her to use various items to defend herself.
“She is a woman and she is asleep and she is full of drugs and she is full of liquor,” Raduazo said in his closing remarks to the jury. “Did she react in a thoughtful manner? Or did she jump up and try to defend herself? If this was preplanned and premeditated, it was a heck of a bad plan.”
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski challenged Raduazo’s closing remarks with her own, telling the jury, “The victim did not die quickly. He knew his death was coming. The victim tried to protect himself and flee, but he was no match for the defendant. He was never a match. She has barely a scratch, and he’s eviscerated.”
Considering Gamet’s fate relied on Judge John McBain and the jury’s viewpoint, she hardly even tried to paint herself as a sympathetic character. Hill’s aunt, Diana Banks-Joiner, spoke in front of the courtroom about the abuse her nephew experienced during his relationship with Gamet. Evoking gasps from the audience, Gamet interrupted Banks-Joiner’s statement by rudely asking, “Is that it?”
During the sentencing, Gamet laughed and rolled her eyes at the family as they gave their testimony, spurring a strong emotional response from Judge John McBain. “You gutted him like a fish in that apartment. You were relentless. You stabbed, you stabbed, you stabbed, you stabbed, you stabbed until he was dead,” he said, and upon seeing her continued disrespect he unleashed more fury on the murderer.
“You’re gonna shut your mouth or I’m going to have some duct tape put on it,” he yelled. While usually emotional outbursts are seen from the defendant or the victim’s family, it was Judge John McBain who couldn’t help but get riled up when sentencing Gamet.
Judge McBain sentenced Camia Gamet to life in prison without the possibility of parole. “I agree with the family, I hope you die in prison as well. If this was a death penalty state, you’d be getting the chair,” Judge McBain told Gamet while delivering her sentence. Upon hearing this verdict, the crowd in the courtroom began applauding, happy with the verdict and the outcome of the case. However, not everyone was on Judge McBain’s side and some people are questioning his comments while others fully support the emotional reaction.
“Sometimes judges are required to take firm and definite steps to get control of the proceedings and to ultimately make the person standing in front of them understand the full accountability of their actions,” Judge McBain told ABC news. Judge McBain says that this is the most heinous and cold-blooded crime he has ever dealt with and feels justified in what he said as well as the sentence he gave her.