Court documents also show Kenneth Wakefield, 43, told police that about an hour before he beheaded his wife and her two dogs he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug spice on the morning of July 25.
When police interviewed Wakefield, he told them he stabbed his 49-year-old wife, Trina Heisch, multiple times before he beheaded her. He added that he also killed the dogs by cutting their heads off.
In a statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, police said, “He said he was trying to get the evil out of Trina.”
In addition to admitting that he killed and beheaded his wife, Wakefield told police he severed his left arm at the elbow and gouged out one of his eyes.
A neighbor told police that he discovered the blood-spattered and gruesome crime scene when he went to the apartment to check on the couple.
The neighbor said he knew they had issues with mental health.
When the neighbor arrived and opened the door to the apartment, he said he saw Kenneth Wakefield naked, with part of his arm cut off and his right eye missing.
The neighbor immediately called police.
Police officers who arrived on the scene said they entered the apartment and found headless Trina Heisch in a bedroom closet along with the two dogs.
Police said huge amounts of blood were splattered across the floors, walls, and cabinets of the apartment and several bloody knives were recovered.
Investigators said Kenneth Wakefield and Trina Heisch had a history of mental illness, drug abuses, and domestic violence.
Police said Wakefield was arrested in 2003 for attempting to kill a family member. In March, Trina Heisch was arrested for domestic violence assault, when she allegedly tried to stab Wakefield.
Reuters reports that Kenneth Dale Wakefield has been transient, and has a history of mental illness. On August 1, Wakefield was booked into a Maricopa County jail on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty after being released from a local hospital. He is being held on $2 million bond.
Family members told police that Kenneth Wakefield and Trina Heisch married after they met each other in a mental health facility.
[Featured image via Maricopa County Superior Court]