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Husband now facing murder charge for alleged machete slaying

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Police arrested a man on allegations he sliced his wife's neck with a machete because she was reportedly having extra-marital affairs, court documents show.  Julio Rodriguez is now facing a murder charge for the death of Lucia Aviles Segura.

Thursday afternoon the Allen County Coroner's Office released details of an autopsy conducted on the 41-year-old woman.  She died from "multiple sharp force injuries of the neck" and her death has been ruled a homicide. 

Officers were called to 808 Baxter Street around 6:10 a.m. Wednesday for an unknown problem, according to FWPD Spokesman Officer Michael Joyner. Joyner said officers arrived and found a woman in critical condition. Paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead.

Three people, two adults and one juvenile, were in the house and taken to police headquarters for questioning. The woman's husband was considered a person of interest.

Early Wednesday afternoon police sent an email indicating they had arrested Julio Rodriguez, 47, of Fort Wayne on a preliminary charge of domestic battery causing serious bodily injury and aggravated battery.

In a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday, police said the brother of Rodriguez called police "because his sister in law was dead. When police arrived at the scene, Rodriguez told police, "I think I killed my wife," the affidavit said.

Segura's body was found in the basement, with a large neck wound that appeared to be from a sharp object, according to the affidavit. A bloody knife was found nearby.

Rodriguez told police he was in the basement with his wife when they began to argue about Segura having sexual relations with numerous other men, the affidavit said. During the fight, Rodriguez said he grabbed a machete and accidentally cut his wife's neck, the affidavit said. He motioned to police as if to cut from ear to ear across the neck, the affidavit said.

Rodriguez said he cut his wife twice, then wiped up the blood with clothes that were in the basement, according to the affidavit. He told police he then left and went to his brother's home, the affidavit said. There, Rodriguez said "something major" had happened to his wife, and he said his brother told him to go home and face the consequences, the affidavit said.

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