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Landlord Allegedly Stabbed Tenant To Death Because He Complained About Lack Of Heat In Home
The family of Darryl Gilland is demanding justice after he was allegedly stabbed multiple times after an argument with his landlord Gordon McBeth over heat.
A Missouri landlord has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his tenant more than 30 times after he complained about the heat not working properly in the apartment he shared with his fiancée, according to the Kansas City Star.
Gordon T. McBeth,44, was unable to post a $1 million bond and is being held in the Clay County Detention Center. He’s due back in court on Tuesday, Nov. 2 for a bond reduction hearing, according to LawandCrime.com.
On Friday afternoon Kansas City Police officers responded to a “cutting.” After arriving on the scene, they found a man, later identified as Darryl Gilland, 28, who had been stabbed multiple times in his chest, arms, back and left thigh in the backyard of a house. He died shortly after emergency crews arrived, according to the Kansas City Star.
Gilland’s fiancée, Samantha Pohlman, said the couple messaged McBeth, and asked if it was okay to use a space heater because their apartment did not have any heat, according to the newspaper.
“He just messaged him like, ‘Hey, can we please just do something about the heating situation,” Pohlman told KCTV.
The couple had just moved into the home about a week ago, according to LawandCrime.com.
“At first, the guy was perfectly nice about it. He was like, ‘Yeah I'll come over and we'll do that’ and then just out of nowhere he completely flipped and acted like we were asking too much and being a complete burden,” Pohlman told KCTV.
She told investigators that McBeth became aggressive once he arrived at the rental property, according to the Kansas City Star.
He got out of his car and threw insulation at Pohlman and said something like “if that doesn’t work, I’ll just (expletive) kill you,” prosecutors alleged, according to the Star.
He allegedly began stabbing Gilland with a hunting-style knife, according to the newspaper.
Neighbors heard Pohlman screaming and rushed to help. One man held McBeth at gunpoint until police arrived, the newspaper reported.
“I pet his head and I told him it was going to be OK, and the ambulance was coming and that I loved him,” Pohland said of her last words to Gilland before he died in her arms, according to WDAF.
Pohlman is thankful that neighbors interceded on her behalf, but she and Gilland’s family are still reeling from their loss.
“I'm glad they caught him, but it doesn't make it hurt any less,” Pohlman told KCTV.
“That’s my baby. My son was a very gentle, loving, caring, and would do anything for anybody,” Gilland’s mother Donna Groves said, according to the station. “He did not deserve this. No one deserves it, but he especially did not deserve this.”
Gilland’s father, who shares the same name as his son, told WDAF he believed the crime was premeditated and wants the charge upgraded to first-degree murder instead of second-degree murder.
“He brought a knife over just to kill my son,” the elder Darryl Gilland told the station. “My son is a gentle giant. He never had a fight in his whole life.”
Gilland’s mother told KCTV that her son died over “nothing.”
“I'm still in shock. I still can't believe it,” she said.
A GoFundMe page has been setup so Gilland brand can be buried in his native Indiana next to his grandpa.
McBeth has also beeen charged with armed criminal action.