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A man accused of beheading his mother says the Holy Spirit told him she was the devil

MARIETTA, Ohio (WJW) — A Southern Ohio man is accused of killing his adoptive mother because he claimed the Holy Spirit told him she was the devil.

Lionel J. Gore, 34, is charged with murder in the death of Diane Gore. It happened in a house in New Matamoras on November 5.

A 6-year-old boy told detectives he saw his uncle sawing his grandmother’s neck with a knife, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in court documents. Lionel Gore set the house on fire and the boy eventually had to crawl out of the smoke.

When the victim’s sister arrived home, she found Lionel Gore covered in blood and shouting, “Stand away or I’ll kill you next.” The woman tried to get inside, but couldn’t because of the flames. Meanwhile, Gore flees.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and found Diane Gore’s body in an upstairs bedroom. She had been beheaded.

Wetzel County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted Lionel Gore’s vehicle and pursued him. Court documents say he hit two sheriff’s vehicles before being taken into custody.

Detectives interviewed Gore while he was in hospital. He said, “I cut off his head and set him on fire,” according to the sheriff’s office. He told investigators he killed his mother because the Holy Spirit told him to and she was the devil.