KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Accused by prosecutors of first-degree murder, burglary and two counts of theft, a Wyandotte County jury returned guilty verdicts for intentional second-degree murder and the other counts as charged against Darrell Lee Broxton on Tuesday. The jury found Broxton, 51, guilty of killing Peter Belmont in December of 2012.
Belmont was found beaten to death in his home near 115th and Leavenworth Road, an autopsy revealed that he had been dead for several days before he was found.
Police also said his minivan and other valuables were taken from the home before officers recovered the van and some of the missing property.
While a motive wasn't revealed in a news release from the district attorney's office, the release did say that jurors were presented evidence where Broxton was investigated for a similar 1996 homicide in Ocala, Florida. The jurors deliberated for about a day following a seven-day trial, and returned the guilty verdicts against the KC man after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Belmont was 69 years old and was a well-respected dog breeder. His family told FOX 4 in February of 2013 that Afghan hounds were the love of his life, and he sent a dog to that year's Westminster dog show.
He also spent 35 years as a teacher and retired from USD 500 where he taught art.
A sentencing date for Broxton has not been set yet.