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Sheriff: Man accused of decapitating wife was out on bond for DWI

Jared James Dicus allegedly killed his 21-year-old wife at their home in Waller County. Investigators said it appears he used a kitchen knife to decapitate her.

WALLER COUNTY, Texas — The man accused of decapitating his wife was out on bond at the time after being arrested in Montgomery County in November for driving while intoxicated, Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry confirmed to KHOU 11.

Editor's note: The above video is of surveillance video from the day the woman's body was found.

Jared James Dicus has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Anggy Diaz, 21, according to Guidry.

According to court documents, Dicus was previously arrested and charged with DWI after a Magnolia police officer was dispatched to a Whataburger at around 2 a.m. Employees of the Whataburger reportedly called 911 after they said Dicus became aggressive. They told police he wanted to use Apple Pay for his food order in the drive-thru and tried to go inside the restaurant after he started to argue with them.

"He was so belligerent that they locked him out," an officer wrote in the court documents.

According to the officer, there was a bottle of Bud Light in the console of his car that was 3/4 full. The officer also wrote that Dicus admitted to taking painkillers but could not give the name of them.

After that, he was taken into custody and was released on a $1,000 bond.

He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond after being charged in his wife's death.

Surveillance video from the store where Anggy worked appears to show Dicus pulling up in the parking lot around 11:40 a.m. on the day she was found dead.

He walked into the store, grabbed a beer and left without paying, the video shows. In the parking lot, he appears to be seen opening the beer, taking a sip and driving away.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for Diaz's funeral. Additionally, a vigil will be held in her honor on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Waller County at the Oak Hollow Pavilion.

What happened

Deputies were called to the home on Oak Hollow just before 4:30 p.m. in response to a dead woman on Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, they found Diaz inside the couple's small home behind his parents' home.

Guidry said it appears that a kitchen knife was used in the killing of Diaz. He also said there were prior calls of a disturbance made from the home but "nothing to this effect or level of violence."

"That’s the world we live in today. It’s a gruesome scene," Guidry said. "Both sides of these families will be altered by it."

Credit: WCSO
The sheriff's office said Jared James Dicus was charged with murder after his wife was found decapitated inside their Waller County home.

The sheriff said Diaz’s head appeared to have been cut off and her headless body was left inside the house.

Dicus remained at the home until deputies arrived. He and the family were taken in for questioning and he later confessed to the killing, according to detectives. This remains an ongoing investigation.

Her coworkers described her as a young woman full of joy and said she was always smiling.

Diaz and Dicus had just gotten married in October 2022 after they met at her job. Her friends said they could tell something wasn't right after the wedding, but never expected it to end in this way.

“She was happy, very happy with her husband," Diaz's boss, Veronica Jimenez, said. "But there were days when she was different. She was tired but I wasn’t sure if she was tired because of her job or because of her relationship.”

Watch the sheriff's briefing on the incident below:

Resources for victims of domestic or family violence

Domestic and family violence cases in the Houston area have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel scared, helpless or ashamed.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are some discreet ways to reach out for help.

The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551.

The Family Time Crisis Center can also be reached 24 hours a day at 281-446-2615.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 88788.

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