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Sword was apparent weapon in SF slaying

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Isaac Apodaca (Santa Fe Police Department)

A sword, a dead body and a secret society called “Ghost.”

These were all pieces of a puzzle Santa Fe police sorted out in the weekend stabbing death of 19-year-old Grace Jennings, whose body was found Saturday in a garage apartment.

Santa Fe police on Saturday arrested Isaac Apodaca, 25, and his girlfriend, Kiara McCulley, 19, each on an open count of murder in Jennings’ death, according to criminal complaints filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court. It was unclear Monday whether Apodaca or McCulley have attorneys.

Police found Jennings’ body and a blood-covered sword Saturday in a detached garage in the 5900 block of Jaguar Drive in Santa Fe.

Jennings’ body appeared to have “several puncture wounds consistent with being stabbed by a sword,” the complaint said. Jennings’ neck “appeared to have injuries consistent with attempts to decapitate.”

Police said they found text messages on Apodaca’s cellphone in which he urged McCulley to kill Jennings and promised her rewards for doing so, according to the complaint.

“Remember, you’ll move up in the ranks,” Apodaca allegedly texted McCulley. “Plus you get perks in the black market since this is your first.”

Kiara McCulley (Santa Fe Police Department)

McCulley later told investigators that Apodaca leads a secret organization called “Ghost,” which she described as a group that “gets rid of people who are in charge of sex trafficking or hurting kids,” police wrote in the complaint.

Apodaca told McCulley that by killing Jennings, McCulley “could get ranked up in her platoon,” she told police.

Apodaca allegedly told McCulley in a text message: “I am wanting you to kill her, you have to end your suffering by ending her joy,” the complaint said. When an investigator asked Apodaca what he meant by the text, Apodaca said, “I do mean what it says in that text,” and explained he had wanted McCulley to kill Jennings.

Apodaca and McCulley lived together in the garage apartment on Jaguar Drive owned by McCulley’s mother, police said.

McCulley told police that she became upset after Apodaca invited Jennings – a former girlfriend – to spend the night in the apartment. Jennings, Apodaca and McCulley all slept together in the same bed on Friday night, the complaint said.

When questioned, McCulley told police that she could not remember what had happened on Saturday, possibly because she has undiagnosed multiple personality disorder, the complaint said.

McCulley told officers “she was partially hopeful Ms. Jennings was dead but could not remember what happened to her,” the complaint said. McCulley allegedly told officers that she was angry with Jennings as a result of a past incident and had previously fantasized about killing Jennings, it said.

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