Arizona beheading suspect tried 'to get evil' out of victim

Beheading suspect first court appearance

The Phoenix man charged with beheading his wife on July 25 was "trying to get the evil" out of her, according to a police report released Monday on the gruesome murder.

Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, was charged over the weekend with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Trina Heisch.

The police report says Heisch's headless body was found inside a bedroom closet at their central Phoenix home July 25 with her two dogs, who had also been decapitated.

The report says Heisch had defensive wounds on her arms and hands. She had been stabbed several times in the torso.

DOCUMENTS: Read the police report

Wakefield, who had been released from the state hospital for the criminally insane about eight months ago, cut off his left arm at the elbow and gouged out his right eye. He told police he had been smoking marijuana and spice before the bloody attacks.

Wakefield was released from the Arizona State Hospital last November after pleading "guilty except insane" to the attempted murder of his mother in 2003.

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He had served a 10 1/2-year sentence, but hospital officials had ordered Wakefield back to the hospital as his sentence expired after he violated his conditional release in the community, according to documents on file with Arizona Psychiatric Security Review Board, which oversees convicts at the hospital.

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The board voted late last year to order the Maricopa County Attorney to begin commitment proceedings, documents show.

Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, said a civil commitment was initiated, but "evidentiary issues" prevented County prosecutors from succeeding. Cobb said he couldn't provide more information because of the confidential nature of the proceeding.

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A $2 million bond was set for Wakefield. The police report does not provide more information on any conditions set on Wakefield before he was released.

See Wakefield's full court appearance below:


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