Wife of Utah murder suspect says he once slashed her hand with a butcher's knife

The estranged wife of Utah murder suspect Ayoola Ajayi says she was forced to flee their turbulent marriage when he slashed her with a butcher's knife and threatened to kidnap her. 

Ajayi is accused of kidnapping and killing 23-year-old University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck before burning her body and burying it in a back yard in North Salt Lake. 

He is still legally married to mother-of-four Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi, but the pair have not seen one another for years after she went into hiding and changed her cell phone because of his violent outbursts. 

'If he took an innocent child he needs to spend his life in jail,' she said through tears, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com. 

Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi (pictured) has not seen her husband for years after she went into hiding and changed her cell phone because of his violent outbursts

Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi (pictured) has not seen her husband for years after she went into hiding and changed her cell phone because of his violent outbursts

'If he took an innocent child he needs to spend his life in jail,' Tenisha said through tears, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com

'If he took an innocent child he needs to spend his life in jail,' Tenisha said through tears, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com

'If they need me to come to court and testify against him, I'll tell them how he was aggressive and controlling. This could have happened to me. This could have happened to my child.' 

Tenisha, 35, insists she married Nigerian IT worker Ajayi, nicknamed AJ, for love rather than any form of financial or immigration arrangement. 

They were introduced to one another in 2011 by a family friend and were married by June of that year. 

'My Godmother said to me I’ve got someone for you,' Tenisha recalled. 

'I asked her is he crazy, is he a killer but she said he was a good person. 

'For our first date we went to her house. He was cool, he was a loving person, not crazy.

'My kids liked him. He used to buy them clothes, do stuff for them. He paid for my apartment, my childcare, everything. 

‘The was in downtown Dallas. Nobody came but we didn’t invite nobody. Me and mom were into it at the time. He didn't invite any of his family either. His mama don’t speak English.' 

The last time Tenisha says she saw her estranged husband was at a friend's house in Dallas where he tried to grab her.  'When I went to run he blocked the door. I ended up jumping through a window and cutting my arm on the glass,' (pictured) she told DailyMail.com.

The last time Tenisha says she saw her estranged husband was at a friend's house in Dallas where he tried to grab her.  'When I went to run he blocked the door. I ended up jumping through a window and cutting my arm on the glass,' (pictured) she told DailyMail.com.

'He chased me into the street with a knife and and cut me in the hand (pictured). I didn't go to the police but I moved out of my apartment so he couldn¿t find me.'

'He chased me into the street with a knife and and cut me in the hand (pictured). I didn't go to the police but I moved out of my apartment so he couldn’t find me.'

Tenisha was already pregnant with the youngest of her two sons when she met Ajayi. 

She says their tempestuous union was already crumbling by the time Jojo, now seven, was born. 

'AJ told me he was going back to his hometown in Utah and I didn't want to go with him. That made him angry but I have kids, I couldn't just leave Dallas,' she said. 

‘He was telling me not to talk to anybody. He used to check up on me. He started to get more and more aggressive. Eventually he said he would kill me if I didn’t go to Utah.' 

The last time Tenisha says she saw her estranged husband was at a friend's house in Dallas where he repeated his threat before trying to grab her. 

'He tried to tie me up with a phone chord. When I went to run he blocked the door. I ended up jumping through a window and cutting my arm on the glass' she told DailyMail.com. 

'He chased me into the street with a knife and and cut me in the hand. I didn't go to the police but I moved out of my apartment so he couldn’t find me. 

'I kept telling him I don’t want to be with you, I want a divorce. He wouldn’t sign the papers. His friend from the Army kept calling me, saying they were going to kidnap me. 

Ajayi was arrested on Friday and charged with with aggravated murder, kidnapping and desecration of a body

Ajayi was arrested on Friday and charged with with aggravated murder, kidnapping and desecration of a

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