A man from Houston, Texas allegedly killed his girlfriend with a samurai sword, "nearly" beheading her. Kenneth Wayne Lockings Jr., 45, has been arrested in connection with 36-year-old Aracely Jernigan’s death.
According to My San Antonio, police found her dead inside a home on Wednesday evening. They were called to the scene to investigate a “cutting in progress.”
Police think that, based on blood splatter, Lockings may have used both hands on the sword during the deadly incident, ABC13 reported. Although no motive has been reported yet, it appears that Jernigan may have been trying to leave Lockings. A travel bag filled were her clothing was discovered at the crime scene.
Lockings surrendered to police hours later, after his family members convinced him to turn himself in, according to the Houston Chronicle. The suspect's family members reportedly found him at the scene.
Lockings is being held without bail on murder charges. It is unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
The suspected murder weapon, a samurai sword, was a gift that Lockings reportedly received as a Thanksgiving gift.
“He's really messed up in the head," Marie Carrier, Lockings' grandmother, told the Houston Chronicle. Carrier said her grandson suffers from mental health issues.
In the past, Lockings was convicted of felony cocaine possession. He has also been arrested multiple times on drug charges. In 2009, he was charged with allegedly assaulting a family member. That charge was later dismissed.
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