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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Second suspect in Tutera homicide

Hendrix Mattew

UPDATED, AGAIN: Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar charged Troy J. Davis, 22, with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary. A day earlier, the same charges were filed against Matthew T. Hendrix (pictured), a 17-year-old student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

UPDATED: Jackson County prosecutors have filed charges against 17-year-old Matthew Hendrix in the slaying of Michael Tutera, Matt Campbell reports.

According to the probable cause statement, Tutera had called police on Wednesday to report he had just caught Hendrix entering his house. He told police that Hendrix was casing his property.

After being picked up for questioning, police said, Hendrix said he went to Tutera’s home with several other males with the intent of robbing him.

But Hendrix told police he was standing in the street outside Tutera’s driveway when he heard two shots fired. He said he then fled to Loose Park where he met up with the other males.

PREVIOUSLY: Tutera was found dead in his Plaza-area home early Thursday, and Tony Rizzo has more about the investigation. Tutera was from a family with interests in banking, real estate and other businesses, and he was involved in several high-stakes lawsuits, Tony writes.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Tutera called police to "put on record" that he was having problems with someone, though he didn't ask for officers to visit his home in the 5300 block of Sunset. A neighbor told police about seeing "three suspicious men" entering the gated community a couple of hours after Tutera's call.

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