The Waller County Sheriff’s Office said Jared James Deekus was charged with murder after his wife was found decapitated in their home.
WALLER COUNTY, Texas. A decapitated woman was found in a small house in the wooded countryside of Waller County on Wednesday. Waller County Sheriff’s Office.
She was identified as Anggie Diaz, 21. Her husband, Jared James Deekuswas charged with her murder, Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry confirmed.
Deputies were summoned to the Oak Hollow house shortly before 4:30 p.m. in connection with a dead woman. When they arrived at the scene, they found Diaz inside the second house behind the main house.
The sheriff said it’s not unusual for a property in the area to have a second home on the lot.
Guidry said that Deekus lived in a second house with Diaz just behind his family’s house. The deputies were summoned by Dikus’s father.
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.
Guidry said that it appears that a kitchen knife was used in the murder of Diaz. He also said that earlier calls had been received from home about riots, 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.”
Friends of Diaz told KHOU 11 that she is from Nicaragua and works two jobs to try to pay for her mother’s cancer treatment at home.
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.
A GoFundMe page was created to help raise money for her funeral. In addition, a vigil in her honor will be held at Oak Hollow Park in Magnolia on Saturday.
See the sheriff’s briefing on the incident below:
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