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Sheriff: Man accused of beheading wife is out on bail for drunk driving

Jared James Deekus allegedly killed his 21-year-old wife at their home in Waller County. Investigators said he appeared to have used a kitchen knife to decapitate her.

WALLER COUNTY, Texas. The man accused of beheading his wife was on bail at the time after being arrested in Montgomery County in November for drunk driving, Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry confirmed in an interview with KHOU 11.

Editor’s note: The above video is from a security camera taken on the day the woman’s body was found.

According to Guidry, Jared James Deekus was charged with the murder of his wife, Anggie Diaz, 21.

According to court documents, Deekus was previously arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a Magnolia cop was sent to Whataburger around 2 a.m. Whataburger employees reportedly called 911 after they said Deekus had become violent. They told the police that he wanted to use Apple Pay to order food in the car and tried to enter the restaurant after he started arguing with them.

“He was so belligerent that he was locked up,” the officer wrote in court papers.

According to the officer, there was a 3/4 full bottle of Bud Light in the console of his car. The officer also wrote that Deekus admitted to taking painkillers but was unable to name them.

He was then taken into custody and released on $1,000 bail.

He is currently on $500,000 bail after being charged in the death of his wife.

Security camera video from the store where Anggie worked shows Deekus pulling into the parking lot around 11:40 a.m. on the day she was found dead.

He entered the store, took a beer and left without paying, as seen in the video. In the parking lot, he appears to open a beer, take a sip, and drive off.

A GoFundMe page was created to help raise money for Diaz’s funeral. In addition, a vigil will be held in Waller County at the Oak Hollow Pavilion at 6:00 pm on Saturday in her honor.

What happened

Deputies were called to the Oak Hollow house shortly before 4:30 p.m. in connection with the dead woman on Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, they found Diaz in the couple’s small house behind his parents’ house.

Guidry said that it appears that a kitchen knife was used in the murder of Diaz. He also said that there had been previous calls from home about the unrest, but “nothing like that or the level of violence.”

“This is the world we live in today. It’s a terrible scene,” Guidry said. “Both sides of these families will be changed by this.”

The sheriff said that Diaz’s head appears to have been cut off and her decapitated body was left in the house.

Deekus stayed at home until help arrived. According to detectives, he and his family were brought in for questioning, and he later confessed to the murder. This remains an ongoing investigation.

Her colleagues described her as a young woman full of joy and said that she was always smiling.

Diaz and Deekus just got married in October 2022 after they met at her job. Her friends said that immediately after the wedding they realized that something was wrong, but did not expect it to end like this.

“She was happy, very happy with her husband,” Diaz boss Veronica Jimenez said. “But there were days when she was different. She was tired, but I wasn’t sure if she was tired because of work or because of a relationship.”

See the sheriff’s briefing on the incident below:

Resources for Victims of Domestic or Family Violence

Cases of domestic and family violence in the Houston area have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel scared, helpless, or ashamed.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, here are some subtle ways to seek help.

The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour domestic violence hotline at: 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551.

The Family Time Crisis Center is also available around the clock at: 281-446-2615.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Crisis text line: Send a START message to 88788.

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