Man accused of decapitating mother ruled competent for prosecution

Woman's head found in plastic bags blocks away from home

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Jumar Henry enters court for a first appearance on charges of murder and battery on a law enforcement officer.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The son of a woman whose decapitated body was found in her Jacksonville home was ruled competent for prosecution Wednesday.

Jumar Henry, 23, had previously been declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

In April 2011, the body of 43-year-old Jennifer Ling Henry was found in her home in what authorities called a gruesome crime scene, with bloody hand prints covering the house. Her decapitated head was later found in a plastic bag few blocks away.

Henry was charged with first-degree murder after his father noticed scratches on his face and blood under his fingernails and called police.

Detectives believe the homicide occurred during an altercation and the murder weapon was a steak knife that Henry found in the house.

Henry is still being treated at a state psychiatric hospital in Macclenny. He will be back in court in November for a pretrial hearing.

The state has said it will seek the death penalty.

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