Man Kills Girlfriend After Nearly Decapitating Her With Samurai Sword

December 29, 2017Dec 29, 2017

The Associated Press is reporting that a 45-year-old Houston man is being accused of tragically murdering his girlfriend. He is alleged to have tried to decapitate her with a samurai sword. After the gruesome slaying, Kenneth Wayne Locking Jr., the man being charged, turned himself in.


Police are currently investigating the event, which reportedly happened on Wednesday evening. According to the Houston Chronicle, police responded on Wednesday evening to a possible "cutting in progress." When they arrived, they discovered 36-year-old Aracely Jernigan dead in her living room.

It is not clear why her boyfriend decided to slay her, and it is especially unclear why he felt it necessary to kill her in such a tragic way. Authorities are still searching for possible motives behind this murder.

After making the arrest, the news media quickly began to dig for a possible criminal record for this alleged killer. They quickly discovered that Locking Jr. has a very extensive criminal record. In fact, according to AP, Locking Jr. has had several drug arrests in the past and at least one conviction. 


Apparently, Locking Jr. received the samurai sword as a gift at Thanksgiving from his grandmother. She claims that her grandson had been living in Mexico and had recently returned back to Houston. 

Court records do not list an attorney for Lockings, although he is expected in court on Wednesday. 

The Houston Chronicle claims that people who directly knew Locking Jr. were aware that he suffered from mental health issues. Marie Carrier, who lives next door, claims that she was unaware of what happened, but also noted that it was well known to family, friends, and neighbors that he suffered from mental health issues. 

"He's really messed up in the head," she remarked to reporters. 

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