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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10:22 am

Sentencing delayed for machete murder

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A sentencing hearing for a man who admitted killing his wife by cutting her neck with a machete was postponed Tuesday because an interpreter was not in the courtroom.
 
Julio Rodriguez, 47, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to murder in the May slaying of Lucia Aviles Segura, 41. Police were called May 30 to the couple's home on Baxter Street, where they found Segura dead in the basement.
 
Rodriguez told investigators he and his wife fought and he grabbed the knife and accidentally cut his wife's neck twice, according to court documents.
 
A plea agreement calls for him to spend 50 years in prison, and he had been scheduled to be sentenced today in Allen Superior Court. The sentencing was rescheduled for Dec. 13.