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Convicted murderer now charged in 2004 'fatal beating'

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:55:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who already had been convicted of murdering two people in a homeless camp now is charged in a 2004 “fatal beating,” according to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.

Michael Gullett, 64, faces a second-degree murder charge for fatally hitting Steven Cassidy with an axe in 2004. Cassidy’s remains were not identified until four years later, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Court records state that a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigator reviewed footage of statements made by someone who lived at the same homeless camp as Gullett.

That person said “he had buried the body of a man at the direction of the defendant in August 2004,” according to a news release. The remains were found to be Cassidy in 2008.

Prosecutors requested a $1 million or 10 percent beyond, the release stated.