Man decapitated mother with a butter knife and his teeth: deputy

Terrelle Johnson was accused of using a butter knife, and his hands and teeth to decapitate his mother.

(Stone County Correctional Facility)

A Mississippi man decapitated his mother with a butter knife, his teeth and bare hands, a sheriff’s deputy said in court on Wednesday.

Terrelle Johnson, 29, of Wiggins, Miss., well-known killing of his mother, Sherry Johnson, 51, a high school guidance counselor, earlier this month, the Sun Herald reported. Her body was found by police outside her home on 6 June.

Terrelle Johnson was charged with first-degree murder earlier this month.

Capt. Ray Boggs of the Stone County Sheriff’s Office testified during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, he went to Johnson’s house for a “welfare check” after the woman and her brothers and sisters contacted authorities when they had not heard from her for a few days.

Terrelle Johnson allegedly told his mother the family that she was away on a cruise, but they were not convinced.


Boggs said when he went to the house where he saw Terrelle Johnson outside, who told him that his mother was fine. The deputy insisted he looks around in the house and Terrelle led him and two other officers in the house where they saw blood.

“When I was in the bedroom, I instantly saw blood everywhere,” he said, adding the walls and the bed also had blood on them.

In the backyard, find Sherry Johnson’s body. Her head was about 15 meters from her body.

After the crime scene investigation, the deputies interviewed Terelle Johnson, who allegedly confessed to killing his mother. He said that they came in a fight over credit cards and he choked her until she stopped breathing.

“He told me that he beat her really bad,” Boggs said. “He said it out of hand.”


After he suffocated her, Terelle Johnson decapitated her with a butter knife along with his hands and teeth, Boggs said. Then he pulled the body to the outside, so that the house would not smell.

A family member said Terrelle Johnson served in the U.S. Army when he was young and enrolled in a community college. Boggs said Terrelle Johnson was banned from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a result of an earlier arrest.

His father, Rev. Rob Harris, was present during the hearing but did not comment.

Jim Davis, Terrelle Johnson’s lawyer said that they are considering an insanity defense.

“[Johnson] has a significant history, and y’all heard the facts of this case,” Davis said. “That is not a normal murder … [but] we have to wait until we get the records, and probably have him properly evaluated. Then we will roughly know where we’re headed.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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