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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Man 'decapitated friend with guitar string then kept head so he could talk to him', court told

Published 02/04/2014 | 16:37

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Victim James Gerety

A MAN in the US has denied that he decapitated his friend then kept his head in a plastic bag so he could talk to him.

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Twenty-nine-year-old James Paul Harris is charged with the brutal murder of James Gerety in Osage County, Illinois three years ago.

It is believed that the victim, 49-year-old Gerety, was planning to move in with Harris - however a social worker became co0ncerned when he stopped collecting his benefit cheques.

His remains were found about 18 miles from his home a year later.

Harris' former girlfriend testified at the trial last month that he confessed to her that he had killed Gerety.

She told the court that he shot Gerety in the stomach, before torturing him for two days before eventually decapitating him.

Police say she also told them during questioning that her ex was into voodoo.

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