An Alabama man frustrated because his girlfriend wouldn’t have sex with him is accused of fatally stabbing her and then dismembering her body, authorities said.
Justin Fields, 38, was arrested and charged with murder and abuse of corpse in connection with the killing of 52-year-old Tammy Bailey, al.com reported.
According to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon, the suspect allegedly told investigators he and the victim had gone out to celebrate his birthday in Springville on Oct. 21.
When they returned to the home they shared, the sheriff said Fields drank some brandy and went to his bedroom to play the guitar.
“He decided he wanted to have sex, so he went into her room and propositioned her,” Moon said. “She refused him, and, according to his statement, it frustrated him, and he stabbed her in the chest” with an eight-inch survival-type knife.
Fields allegedly claimed he blacked out and went to bed and when he woke up the next day he believed he was having a nightmare and stabbed Bailey over 100 times, the sheriff claimed.
Moon said investigators believe the victim was killed in the initial attack the previous evening.
A family member of the victim who was the couple’s neighbor phoned 911 after Fields called his father and allegedly admitted to doing “something horrible,” the sheriff said.
Deputies arrested Fields without incident and found Bailey’s mutilated body inside the home. According to Moon, she had a severed limb and her head was lying next to her feet.
“He admitted to my investigator everything he’d done so he was stable enough to know what he was doing,’’ Moon said, noting the suspect had no criminal history or known issues with mental health. “He was frustrated because he didn’t get what he wanted.”
Moon said two deputies who investigated the grisly slaying were young in age and newer to law enforcement.
“Obviously it was pretty hard on them because they’ve never experienced anything like that,” he explained, adding that they “said it’s the worst thing they’ve ever seen or experienced in their careers.”