Man reports killing girlfriend, leads police to Phoenix home

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating a homicide after a man reportedly confessed to killing his girlfriend.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Hermenegildo Esequiel Cardenes Morffah, 44, contacted police officers who were dealing with an unrelated matter near Third Street and Indian School Road.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the man said he had killed his girlfriend and led the officers to their home near Bethany Home Road and 12th Street.

Thompson said the officers entered the home and found Jacqueline Rae Dodge's body.

Detectives learned that Cardenes Morffah got into a physical altercation with Dodge, 38, and killed her.

Cardenes Morffah has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail, charged with one count of second-degree murder.

The investigation is ongoing.