Five years later, Kansas City man pleads guilty to Corey Laykovich’s murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The suspect in the deadly stabbing of Corey Laykovich has pleaded guilty five years after the 22-year-old’s murder.

John Seger, 26, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 9 years in prison Thursday.

John Seger

Laykovich was stabbed to death in Independence in July 2013. Laykovich’s brother found him bleeding in his bedroom with a large cut to the side of his neck and midsection. He was hospitalized and later taken off of life-support.

Investigators spoke with Laykovich’s mother and wife, who revealed that Seger and Laykovich had a history, that Seger was known to be violent and that the two weren’t on good terms.

At that time, in 2013, police didn’t have enough evidence to arrest Seger, according to court documents.

Then, in 2016, Seger was arrested in Independence in connection with a police chase. In an interview, he told police the last time he saw Laykovich was the night he was stabbed.

Corey Laykovich

Seger went on to say he and Laykovich got into a “heated argument” about Seger talking to a woman, and that Laykovich pulled a knife on him. He said he put Laykovich in a wrist lock and pinned his arm behind neck.

He then took the knife from Laykovich and the two continued to fight. Laykovich was stabbed in the abdomen when he fell to the ground.

Seger admitted to killing Laykovich and said he didn’t maliciously stab Laykovich, court documents say.