Before he was sent to prison for life, teenager Michael Hernandez obsessed over horror movies, serial killers and detailed plans to murder a classmate in a bathroom stall at his Palmetto Bay middle school.
And now that he’s back in court for a new sentencing — as a 26-year-old convict with more than a decade behind bars — prosecutors on Wednesday sought to portray Hernandez as the same twisted mind behind one of South Florida’s most notorious murders.
They played recorded jail calls of Hernandez discussing H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer, and listening to death-metal lyrics laden with violent imagery. A jail officer said he was recently caught with two shanks in his jail cell.
And a state-hired psychologist testified that even recently, Hernandez remained “defiant” and “had no emotion at all” when recounting the grisly murder.