Federal prosecutors: Woman accused of murder 'possesses a darkness'
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Mariah Ferry

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ALBUQUERQUE -- (KRQE) -- In an unusually written motion, federal prosecutors had strong words for a young woman accused of torturing, murdering and mutilating an Albuquerque man.

The feds are arguing to keep 19-year-old Mariah Ferry behind bars until her trial.

She and her boyfriend, Chase Smothermon, are accused in the kidnap and murder of John Soyka over a drug debt.

In the motion, prosecutors point to video the couple took of the crime, where Ferry is giggling at times as she uses a hatchet on the body.

(Warning: The motion contains details some might find disturbing)

Read the motion here.

They argue she'll appear to the court as a soft-spoken, young-looking girl with no criminal record, but "she possesses a darkness that forms the basis of her true history and characteristics."

The document elaborates on the torture and mutilation, saying the young woman used a hatchet in the murder, then helped carve up the body and sever the victim's genitals while taking pictures and videos of it all.

FULL STORY: Federal prosecutors: Woman accused of murder 'possesses a darkness' - KRQE

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