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Kansas man accused in guitar string decapitation

Published On: Apr 01 2014 11:23:16 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 01 2014 11:30:05 AM CDT
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LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -

A man accused of beheading a Topeka resident with a guitar string has pleaded innocent to premeditated first-degree murder.
    
Police say 29-year-old James Paul Harris practiced voodoo and kept the head of 49-year-old James Gerety to talk to after the March or April 2011 killing.
    
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Gerety's partial remains were found a year later in Carbondale, 18 miles south of Topeka.
    
Harris' former girlfriend testified in March that he told her he used a guitar string to sever Gerety's head. She said he disposed of the body but kept the head in a bag. A Topeka police officer said the ex-girlfriend told him Harris practiced voodoo and that he liked to talk to the head.
    
A judge on Monday set Harris' trial for June 23.

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