The southwest Florida man accused of killing his wife and five children told investigators "bad spirits" made him commit the murders.

Court documents state that Mesac Damas confessed to killing his family with a knife after his wife threatened to divorce him and take the children. A message was left Tuesday with his attorney.

Records show that Guerline Damas was bound by rope and her mouth shut with duct tape before she begged her husband not to hurt the children. Mesac Damas said he had second thoughts but realized that if he let her go she would call police and the children would be taken away.

Guerline Damas and the five children, ages 11 months to 9 years, were found slain in their Naples home in September. Mesac Damas is charged with their murders.