A Texas home re-modeler was sentenced to life behind bars Tuesday for the killing of his live-in girlfriend, who prosecutors say he killed, dismembered with saws, and then dissolved in chemicals after she filed assault charges against him.
A month before Kevin Wayne Powell, 50, killed 28-year-old girlfriend Kasey Rae Nutter in 2015, she went to the authorities to claim he tried to drown her in the shower, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this month.
Powell, of White Settlement, received his life in prison without parole after being convicted of capital murder. Prosecutors said he killed her as revenge for reporting him for the alleged shower drowning attempt, which resulted in aggravated assault charges against him. Powell had strangled her with a wire and a plastic bag over her head in an attempt to suffocate and drown her in the shower in November 2015, the prosecution claims.
Prosecutor Allenna Bangs said in her opening statements of Powell’s trial earlier this month that the pair met at a strip club where the victim worked. Powell was a home re-modeler at the time. The two hit it off, but soon Powell began abusing her and giving her meth, according to Bangs.
She said Nutter tried to report the abuse to police and the hospital, and in doing so was “very clear that she is very scared of this man.”
As for her murder, Bangs claimed “this man was angry that charges were put against him for almost killing her on Nov. 4,” adding that when the victim didn’t drop charges “he killed her and disposed of her.”
A family member of Powell's tipped off investigators after Nutter was reported missing, testifying he told them he "took care of her." They also testified Powell killed his abused girlfriend, cut her up with a saw, and dissolved her body inside barrels full of chemicals, Dallas News reports. The defense, however, argued Nutter could still be alive. Her body has never been found.
They also claimed she has a history of mental illness and drug abuse and that possibly someone else killed her.
“Kasey was a mess,” Defense Attorney Joetta Keene, Powell’s defense attorney, told jurors, according to the Star-Telegram. “She was very troubled.”
It took only a little only an hour for the jury to find Powell guilty. He is not eligible for parole.
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