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Friday, June 01, 2018 1:00 am

Murder count filed in stabbing on Baxter

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

When Julio Rodriguez started to fight with his wife, he grabbed a nearby machete and accidentally cut her in the neck, he told police.

The cut went from ear to ear, he said, demonstrating it with a motion. Twice he cut her, he added, before she died in the couple's basement around 6 a.m. Wednesday at 808 Baxter St.

Rodriguez, also known as Julio Cesar Rodriguez-Manzanares, 47, was charged Thursday with murder in the death of his 41-year-old wife, Lucia Aviles Segura. The murder charge was filed after preliminary charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and criminal recklessness.

Rodriguez's brother, Jose Rodriguez, called Fort Wayne police at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, saying officers were needed at the home on Baxter because his sister-in-law was dead.

Julio Rodriguez, who had left his home and visited his brother, returned to his Baxter Street home when his brother told him to “return to the home and face his consequences.” Julio Rodriguez's 16-year-old son was also at the home at the time of the killing, court records said.

“Just take my brother, just take my brother,” Jose Rodriguez told police when they arrived at the home, while Julio Rodriguez stated something like “I think I killed my wife” or “I just kill my wife.”

Segura, his wife of 18 years, was in the basement, Julio Rodriguez told the officers. Segura was lying over a large drain hole in the basement where blood was pooling inside. Officers could see she had a large neck wound that appeared to be from a sharp object, court records said. 

Julio Rodriguez said he got up around 4 a.m. to get ready for work that started at 6 a.m. He was going to prepare his lunch and was in the basement with his wife to find clothes for the day. There, an argument continued about her infidelity, court records said.

Julio Rodriguez told police he was angry she was having sex with numerous other men.

As the argument progressed, Julio Rodriguez said, Segura grabbed a knife from the dryer. At that point during the police interview, Rodriguez denied cutting Segura with a knife, but said he hit her.

Later in the interview, Julio Rodriguez said he grabbed a machete after they starting sparring. A knife handle was found off the stair landing and a bloody knife blade was located in front of the washer and dryer, court records said.

After Julio Rodriguez saw that his wife was not responsive, he got into his black Mazda and went to his brother's house. Something major had happened to his wife, he told Jose.

Julio Rodriguez was initially charged Wednesday with aggravated battery inflicting injury that creates a substantial risk of death, domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.

The Allen County coroner identified Segura as the victim Thursday, ruling she died of multiple sharp force injuries to the neck. She is the 19th homicide victim in Allen County this year.

Julio Rodriguez was being held without bail at the Allen County Jail.  

jduffy@jg.net