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Kansas City man accused of killing 2 with axe in church parking lot

Posted: 5:01 PM, Aug 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-08 18:01:18-04
Mario Markworth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man used an axe to kill two men at a church parking lot on Winner Road, according to Jackson County prosecutors.

Mario Markworth, 22, was charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

Michael McLin, 56, and Kevin Waters, 52, were found dead Tuesday morning in the parking lot at the Sheffield Family Life Center, 5700 Winner Road. Both men had suffered apparent blunt force head trauma and sharp force trauma, according to court records.

Waters also had an injury on his shoulder that appeared to be a bite mark from human teeth.

According to court records, a witness told investigators that he heard a man, identified as Markworth, confess to killing the two men on Tuesday.

Markworth was arrested the next day while wearing a backpack with an axe inside that appeared to have dried blood on it, according to court records. When questioned, he told investigators that he met McLin at the church parking lot and they had an altercation.

Markworth said he “picked (McLin) up and dropped him on the pavement” and McLin struck his head on Markworth's axe, which was lying on the ground, according to court records.

Markworth said he was scared that McLin would tell someone, so he struck him four times in the head with the axe, according to records.

While he was in the process of trying to hide McLin’s shoes, Markworth saw Waters near a fence.

Markworth asked if Waters had seen anything, and Waters said he hadn’t because he had just woken up.

Markworth then allegedly struck Waters with the axe anyway.

Waters attempted to grab the axe from Markworth, who bit him in an attempt to gain control of the axe. Markworth then continued to strike Waters multiple times, according to records.

While being questioned by police, Markworth said that “he was raised in a Christian home and knows right from wrong,” according to records.

Prosecutors requested a $250,000 cash bond for Markworth.