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Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

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This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Jose E. Reyes. Police say evidence of occultism was found in the weekend slaying of a 15-year-old girl. They say evidence of occultism was found on the girl's body and in the vacant apartment where she was found. Authorities did not provide further details. Harris County jail records show 17-year-old Reyes was being held without bond Tuesday. A 16-year-old boy also was also charged and remains in custody awaiting an appearance in juvenile court. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Jose E. Reyes. Police say evidence of occultism was found in the weekend slaying of a 15-year-old girl. They say evidence of occultism was found on the girl’s body and in the vacant apartment where she was found. Authorities did not provide further details. Harris County jail records show 17-year-old Reyes was being held without bond Tuesday. A 16-year-old boy also was also charged and remains in custody awaiting an appearance in juvenile court. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say two teenage boys were making a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted then killed a 15-year-old Houston-area girl.

Harris County prosecutor John Jordan said Tuesday that 17-year-old Jose E. Reyes told a 16-year-old friend that he had sold his soul to the devil. Reyes told the 16-year-old that he, too, could sell his soul if they killed Corriann Cervantes.

Her body was found Saturday in a vacant apartment. Jordan says signs of the occult were found in the apartment and an upside down crucifix carved into the girl’s stomach. The younger teen knew the girl through school.

Each boy is charged with capital murder. Reyes is being held without bond at the Harris County jail and the 16-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention facility.

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