Man accused of decapitating wife is mentally fit

Posted at 9:33 AM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 21:32:06-04

A Phoenix man accused of decapitating his wife last summer has been found to be psychologically fit to assist in his own defense.

Kenneth Dale Wakefield has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of 49-year-old Trina Heisch at their apartment in late July.

Investigators say Wakefield mutilated himself after attacking his wife by cutting off one of his forearms, gouging his right eyeball and stabbing himself in the chest. 

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Wakefield's wife and the dogs were all found decapitated in a bedroom closet of the apartment.

Heisch and Wakefield met while they were each serving 10-year sentences in the mental hospital for separate stabbings of relatives.

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A judge has ruled Wakefield must continue taking medication to ensure he is mentally fit to aid in his defense.