HOUSTON: Man nearly decapitated girlfriend with samurai sword


HOUSTON — A 45-year-old man is accused of nearly decapitating his girlfriend with a samurai sword that he had received as a gift on Thanksgiving.

Police found 36-year-old Aracely Jernigan dead Wednesday evening in the living room of a Houston home.

Court records show Kenneth Wayne Lockings Jr.’s relatives convinced him Thursday to surrender to police. He has been charged with murder and is being held without bond in the Harris County jail.

Lockings has a lengthy criminal history including multiple drug arrests and at least one conviction and had living in Mexico and only recently when he returned to Houston.

Police did not say why Lockings carried out the murder.

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