Man pleads innocent to murder, beheading
Published on -4/1/2014, 10:33 AM
LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- A former Topeka man suspected of killing a man by severing his head with a guitar string in 2011 pleaded innocent to murder.
After a hearing Monday, trial for 29-year-old Paul Harris was set for June 23. He's charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of James Gerety, who died in March or April of 2011.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Pdvdij ) Harris' girlfriend testified in March that he said he severed Gerety's head with a guitar string. A Topeka police officer testified that he was told Harris kept the head so he could talk to it as part of a voodoo ritual.
Gerety's partial remains were found a year later in the Osage County town of Carbondale.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com