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KCK man charged with murder after woman found dead with protection order in pocket

Posted: 5:39 PM, Nov 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-09 11:28:08-05
KCK man charged with murder after woman found dead with protection order in pocket

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is facing a murder charge after a woman was found stabbed to death this week with an order of protection against him in her pocket, according to court records. 

Gene Birdsong, 42, of Kansas City, Kansas, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

On Tuesday morning, police found Tabitha Birdsong, 40, dead near 36th Street and Madison Avenue  near Roanoke Park in Kansas City, Missouri. 

According to court documents, the woman had “obvious head injuries.” She also had an order of protection in her back pocket against Gene Birdsong.

Police ruled her death a homicide.

Family and friends told police that the couple had a physically abusive relationship, according to court documents. 

One witness told police that he received a phone call from Tabitha Birdsong on Monday night and could hear Gene Birdsong in the background. 

Another witness told police that Gene Birdsong arrived at his residence around 6 a.m. Tuesday with blood on his pants and his hand wrapped in a cloth. The witness said that Birdsong was “acting erratic” and saying that, “They tried to kill me,” according to records. 

Birdsong was taken into custody on Tuesday. Officers noticed that he had “several lacerations” on his right hand, according to court records. 

Detectives later found bloody clothing in a room where Birdsong had stayed. 

Birdsong allegedly told police that he had acted in “self-defense” before requesting a lawyer. 

Prosecutors requested a $300,000 cash bond.