Man Charged in KCMO Homeless Camp Murder

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 56-year-old homeless man faces murder charges in the September death of another man in a homeless camp along the Missouri River.

Michael J. Gullett has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection to the September 8th muirder of Joe Loehr in the camp just north of a levee along the Missouri River.

According to police, Gullett was found at the scene with blood spattered on his face, legs and clothing. A witness reported that Gullett and Loehr were the only two people in the camp, and that they had been drinking together.

An autopsy showed that Loehr died of blunt and sharp-force trauma to the face, and that the blood on Gullett’s clothing came from Loehr. An aluminum baseball bat, an axe, a metal pipe and a knife were all found at the scene – each covered with blood that was determined to have also come from Loehr.

According to court documents, Gullett allegedly told police,  “I might be a sociopathic, homicidal maniac.”

Prosecutors have requested a $500,000 cash-only bond for Gullett.

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