KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A second person has been charged in the death of Ariel Starcher, who was found dead on the side of a road in duffel bag in Buchanan County last year.
Marcus C. Brooks, 30, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a Buchanan County circuit court.
A witness said Brooks tied the arms and legs of Starcher and stuffed a wash cloth in her mouth at a Sleep Inn located at 7611 Northwest 97th Terrace, according to court documents.
Due to this, Starcher's airflow was interrupted, causing her to suffocate.
Brooks later placed Starcher's body in a duffel bag and dumped her body in a ditch at 500 Vincent Road in Buchanan County, the documents stated.
A judge denied Brooks' bond.
Taylor Stoughton, 22, was charged in February with second-degree murder in connection to Starcher's death.
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