SAN ANTONIO — A civil trial against a funeral home where a woman’s body disappeared in 2015, took a sinister turn when lawyers raised allegations of satanism in regards to an employee of a mortuary services company that had access to where she was last seen.
Attorneys for Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries — which is being sued for gross negligence by the woman’s family — peppered the owner of the company it contracts with to move and embalm bodies about an employee who played in a death metal band.
The funeral home’s legal team pressed Frederick Beyer, owner of Beyer & Beitel Mortuary Services, about driver Nicholas Moreno, who plays in a metal band called Flesh Hoarder and whose social media pages were littered with demonic images and messages about satanism
“Mr. Moreno is one of the smartest guys you’ll ever meet,” Beyer told the jury, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “When he represents us, he represents us well. I get more compliments on Nick than anyone who works for me.”
Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries is facing civil charges in San Antonio for the disappearance of Julie Mott following her 2015 funeral.
According to the funeral home’s attorneys, Beyer’s firm picked up Mott’s body the day she died of cystic fibrosis at age 25, brought to their facility for embalming and then took her to the funeral chapel for her services. The next day, funeral home employees discovered that her casket was empty as they prepared for her cremation.
Mott’s body has never been found.
Beyer insisted that his company records showed that Moreno had had no contact with Mott’s body and had not been involved in moving it or been around during embalming.
Earlier in the trial, the funeral home’s attorneys raised the fat that Mott’s boyfriend, Bill Wilburn, had been “obsessed” with her and did not want Julie Mott to be cremated.
Wilburn has never been charged in the case although her remains a person of interest, according to police.