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Police: Man nearly decapitated girlfriend with samurai sword

Dec. 29, 2017 at 11 p.m.


A 45-year-old Houston man is accused of nearly decapitating his girlfriend with a samurai sword.

Kenneth Wayne Lockings Jr. is charged with murder in the death of Aracely Jernigan, 36, who was found Wednesday in the living room of a Houston home.

Police said Lockings' relatives convinced him Thursday to surrender to police. He is held without bond in the Harris County Jail.

He has a lengthy criminal history including multiple drug arrests and at least one conviction.

Lockings' grandmother, Marie Carrier, said he received the sword as a gift at Thanksgiving. She said Jernigan had been living in Mexico and only recently returned to Houston.

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