Olathe death investigation leads to voluntary manslaughter charge

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OLATHE, Kan. – The Olathe Police Department announced that a man has been taken into custody under the suspicion of voluntary manslaughter on Tuesday. Brian Dale Pittman, 44, has been charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter in regards to Arthur Wilson Cattlett Jr.’s death.

Police found Cattlett Jr. in the apartment the men shared near 139th street and Mur-Len on September 29. Last Tuesday, police served a search warrant. Court papers state the evidence they were looking for included a butcher block knife and a baseball bat. Residents of the complex say the two men liked to drink and fight often.

Since serving the warrant the police have been looking for Pittman for several days - wanting to question him. He was picked up by police in Kansas City, Kan. on Tuesday afternoon. Police wouldn't elaborate much about the case. Instead, they explained the charge against Pittman.

“The charge is voluntary manslaughter, which under state statute is resulting from a quarrel, or some type of heat of passion and I think that’s what we need to get to with him, is what exactly happened and why,” said Bryan Hill with the Olathe Police Department.

A search of court records shows several convictions for Pittman for multiple crimes, including four DUIs, theft, criminal damage and battery.

Pittman is due in Johnson County court in the next day or so to make his first appearance on the voluntary manslaughter charge. He’s being held on $1 million bond.

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