A man who allegedly decapitated his wife and their two pet dogs then gouged his own eye out has been jailed and charged with murder.
Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, is accused of killing his wife Trina Heisch, 49, turning on their two canine pets, then hiding their bodies in the closet.
Police say that Wakefield, from Phoenix, Arizona, then gouged out his eye and chopped off his left arm.
He has a history of mental illness and spent ten years in a mental hospital after stabbing a relative in 2003.
The attack took place on July 25, and was discovered when a neighbor who had gone to check on the couple said he came face-to-face with a naked, mutilated and bloodied Wakefield.
Wakefield was taken to a hospital after the attack to recover from the wounds, but was discharged on Sunday and taken straight to jail.
He remains in a county lockup on $2 million bail after being booked on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty.
According to the jail, a public defender will be appointed to represent Wakefield. But it wasn’t immediately clear Sunday if he had an attorney who could comment on the case.
Wakefield’s confinement came after he was found ‘guilty, except insane’ on charges of attempted second-degree murder over the 2003 stabbing, a verdict that spared him prison time.
In November 2014, a state psychiatric board issued an order for county prosecutors to try to extend his stay. The board’s chairwoman has said the panel did everything it could in the case to ensure community safety.
The Maricopa County attorney’s office acknowledged earlier this week that it was unsuccessful.
‘Evidentiary issues precluded us from proceeding with the civil commitment process,’ a spokesman said. He could not elaborate because the case is under seal.
Wakefield was approved for release 10 months ago by the psychiatric review board based on a belief that his mental illness was in remission and that he wasn’t dangerous if he lived in a residential treatment program.
Heisch also had a history of mental illness.
A judge found her to be ‘guilty, except insane’ – Areizona’s insanity plea – on charges of attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing of her 15-year-old son while he was sleeping in January 2000.
She was ordered to spend 10 years in the state hospital and was eventually released. It was not clear what specific mental illness either has suffered from.