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An Alabama man has been accused of beheading his girlfriend and stabbing her more than 100 times after she refused his drunken advances.
Justin Fields, 38, was charged with murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of his girlfriend, 52-year-old Tammy Bailey, after she was killed at the couple’s home with an eight-inch knife in what investigators have called the “worst thing” they’ve seen in their law enforcement careers, according to AL.com.
Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon told the news outlet that Fields and Bailey had spent Friday evening out on the town to celebrate his birthday before returning to Bailey’s home, where they both slept in separate bedrooms.
Fields had allegedly been drinking brandy and playing guitar when he decided to go to Bailey’s bedroom and proposition her for sex.
“She refused him,” Moon said. “According to his statement, it frustrated him, and he stabbed her in the chest.”
Fields later claimed to have blacked out after the stabbing and told investigators he had gone to bed. The next morning, he woke up to discover her bloody body, thought he was having a nightmare and stabbed her more than 100 more times with the 8-inch hunting knife, Moon said.
“She was beheaded and one of her lower limbs was cut almost completely off, it was just barely hanging on,” Moon told NBC affiliate WVTM of the gruesome crime scene.
Investigators believe Bailey likely died from the first blow, which had been delivered Friday night “straight through the chest.”
After the second attack Saturday morning, Moon said Fields allegedly called his father and told him he had “done something horrible” and wanted to take his own life.
His father called the victim’s sister, who lived nearby, but Fields prevented her from going inside the home.
“He told her that he had done something horrible and she didn’t need to go in there,” Moon told Fox affiliate WBRC.
Bailey’s sister called 911 and deputies arrived a short time later to find Fields sitting outside on the front porch. He told deputies he had done something bad.
A deputy told Fields he wanted to put him in handcuffs in an abundance of caution.
Fields allegedly responded “That’s OK. You’re going to arrest me anyway.”
When deputies went into the home, they found Bailey’s head had been severed from her body and it was placed near her feet.
The scene was difficult for investigators, who were left shaken by the disturbing crime scene.
“They all have said that it is the worst thing they have seen in their career,” Moon told WBRC.
Moon said Fields had no past criminal history or known mental health struggles.
“He admitted to my investigators everything he’d done so he was stable enough to know what he was doing,” Moon told AL.com. “He was frustrated because he didn’t get what he wanted.”
Oxygen.com reached out to the sheriff’s office but did not receive an immediate response.
Fields is currently in the Blount County jail and is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.
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