A Nevada man allegedly beheaded by his girlfriend was found doused with chemicals, smoke billowing from his body: police officers

A Nevada man allegedly beheaded by his girlfriend was found with smoke billowing from his body – a police report said his lover had doused his remains with chemicals.

Devyn Michaels, 45, is accused of killing Johnathan James Willette, 47, after his headless body was discovered by his mother at their home in Henderson on August 7.

When police entered the bedroom, they smelled chemicals — believed to be bleach and ammonia — emanating from the smoking body, according to a police report obtained from KLAS.

His head wasn’t in the room and still hasn’t been found.

The victim’s mother told police she last saw her son the night before around 10pm and Michaels around 1am washing up in the kitchen.

Michaels told her that Willette was in bed drunk and the two planned to get up early in the morning to enroll their children in school.

Michaels – who is also married to Willette’s son “so he can help Devyn with her medical issues” – told authorities she left the house that morning after speaking to Willette’s mother.

According to the police report, investigators later found Willette’s wallet, keys, Social Security card and his phone with blood on them at her home.

A polygraph test revealed a “substantial response” when asked about Willette’s murder, the report said.

When police asked why she was reacting so violently, Michaels claimed Willette was abusive to her and allowed his eldest child to shower in front of her.

The woman then reportedly told investigators that she hit her boyfriend in the head with a wooden stick when he “was trying to get her to perform a sexual act on him” while she was rubbing his back in bed, according to the report.

Michaels claimed she never meant to kill Willette — she just wanted to hurt him so bad that he had to go to the hospital so she could figure out what to do with the kids.

She never admitted to cutting off Willette’s head.

It was not clear if her abuse allegations were credible. The Las Vegas Review-Journal noted.

The cause of Willette’s death is still pending, the coroner’s office said.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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