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Husband pleads to murder in slashing

November 16, 2018

A Fort Wayne man who admitted Thursday in Allen Superior Court that he killed his wife in May by cutting her neck with a machete could face 50 years in prison.

Julio Rodriguez, 47, pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Lucia Aviles Segura, 41, inside the couple’s home on Baxter Street. A plea agreement calls for him to spend 50 years behind bars.

About 6 a.m. May 30, police were called to the home, where they found Segura dead in the basement. Rodriguez later told investigators he and his wife fought, he grabbed the large knife and accidentally cut her neck twice, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

Prosecutors charged him with murder the next day.

Jose Rodriguez, Julio’s brother, called police and told officers to come to the house because his sister-in-law had been killed. Julio Rodriguez’s 16-year-old son also was home at the time of the killing, investigators said.

Julio Rodriguez told police when they arrived, “I think I killed my wife” or “I just kill my wife,” the affidavit said.

He told detectives he was getting ready for work about 6 a.m. and was in the basement with Segura to find clothes for the day, according to court documents. During an argument, he grabbed the machete and cut her, the documents said.

Julio Rodriguez left and went to his brother’s house, police said, and the two later returned to Baxter Street.

A knife blade covered in blood was found near the washer and dryer in the basement.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Dec. 11.

mleblanc@jg.net

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