Connecticut man accused of beheading landlord with samurai sword after rent dispute

Man accused of beheading landlord with samurai sword

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man is facing a murder charge after police said he beheaded his landlord with a samurai sword.

According to the Hartford Courant, Jerry David Thompson, 42, of Hartford, was arrested Monday, one day after police discovered his landlord, top bridge player Victor King, slashed to death and decapitated in his home on Asylum Avenue.

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In an arrest warrant, police said Thompson had been renting a room from King. Following an argument about payment, Thompson used the sword to threaten King, who reported the incident to police Saturday, the warrant said. The next day, King's friends couldn't get in touch with him and alerted police, who found the body, according to the Courant.

Police later arrested Thompson, a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, the Courant reported.

Thompson is being held on $2 million bond, according to the newspaper. He is refusing to talk to investigators or a public defender, police said.