Jerry Thompson: Connecticut Man Decapitates Landlord With Samurai Sword

Jerry Thompson, a man in Hartford, Connecticut, has been arrested and charged with using a samurai sword to decapitate his landlord, Victor King, over a rent dispute, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

Thompson refused to say anything during a court appearance and claimed that he was a sovereign citizen, and was then ordered to be held on $2 million bail. King had reportedly told authorities that Thompson had been threatening him and swinging a sword at him the day before his death.

Thompson had previous convictions for assault and robbery.

From the report:

According to the warrant for Thompson’s arrest, drafted by Hartford detectives, he was identified as a suspect by friends of victim Victor King, who had rented a room to Thompson inside his Asylum Avenue home. The two men had had a dispute about Thompson not paying rent, according to the warrant, and Thompson threatened King with a samurai sword.

On Sunday, friends of King called police to say they could not reach him. Sunday afternoon, police and firefighters forced their way into King’s home and found a lot of blood and King’s badly slashed body covered in bedding.

Thompson has also refused to speak with a public defender and is not currently represented by an attorney. He is due back in court on August 18.

That is all the information that is available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available at any time. If there is anything that we missed, please feel free to send an email to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible. 

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