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Crime Hartford police say man decapitated landlord during rent dispute, claimed 'sovereign' status

19:07  01 august  2020
19:07  01 august  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

Tenant decapitated landlord with a sword over a rent dispute, Hartford police say

  Tenant decapitated landlord with a sword over a rent dispute, Hartford police say A Connecticut man decapitated his landlord with a sword after being told he had to move out because of overdue rent, Hartford police say. © From Hartford Police Department Jerry Thompson killed his landlord with a sword in a dispute over rent, Hartford police say. The Hartford Police Department responded to a 911 call Saturday morning from the landlord, Victor King, who said that his roommate Jerry Thompson, 42, had been "waving a sword at him in a threatening and terrorizing manner" amid a rent dispute, according to an arrest warrant filed by Hartford detectives.

A Connecticut man decapitated his landlord with a sword during a dispute over unpaid rent, authorities said.

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Hartford police responded to a  911 call the morning of July 25 from landlord Victor King, who said his roommate, Jerry Thompson, had been waving a Samurai sword at him, according to the Hartford Courant.

The pair was arguing about Thompson’s overdue rent, with King telling Thompson he had to move out if he couldn't pay.

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The following morning, police received calls from King’s friends who were concerned for his safety after they couldn't reach him.

Officers forced their way into King’s home later that afternoon and found his body slashed and covered in bedding, with blood everywhere.

A medical examiner’s report observed injuries consistent with a large, edged weapon, noting “lacerations to the … right arm, upper chest and across the neck causing decapitation,” KTLA 5 reported.

“It was pretty brutal,” King’s cousin, Jim Banks, told the Courant. “I can’t imagine him doing anything that would provoke somebody. That just wasn’t in his personality.”

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Following his arrest, Thompson was unresponsive, but at one point he wrote, “paper in glove compartment in Jeep is all you need.” Police searched the glove compartment and found paperwork suggesting that Thompson believed he was a sovereign citizen, and thus not subject to U.S. laws.

Thompson, 42, was arraigned on a murder charge in Hartford on Tuesday and ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond, according to the Courant.

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He appeared without an attorney and refused to speak with a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 18.

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