A North Carolina man beat his one-legged, wheelchair-bound neighbor to death with a hammer and then cut-up his body and stashed it in plastic bins in the apartment they shared, police said.
Brian Scott Hord, 33, of Gastonia, was arrested on Tuesday night after his estranged wife tipped police about the gruesome slaying of 68-year-old Richard Lee Gentry, the Gaston Gazette reported.
Elizabeth Park told cops that her crazed ex called her after the attack and admitted to killing Gentry.
“He said he hit him over the head with a hammer several times,” Park told the 911 dispatcher, according to the Gazette.
“He’s actually mentioned it before about doing it and he said he’s just not gotten up the courage to do it.”
Police don’t know what drove Hord to attack the older man. Cops say it appeared Hord bludgeoned him to death.
Cops visited Hord and Gentry’s apartment at around 10:30 p.m. and Hord let them in.
They found the disabled man’s butchered body parts in a back bedroom, stashed in plastic bins and wrapped with plastic to cover up what was inside.
Cops said Hord used a hacksaw to cut up the body. There were also signs that he had tried to clean up the place, cops said.
Gastonia police said they don’t know what drove Hord to kill. The men had been living together for about two months, and the killing occurred after some type of argument.
Prosecutors were considering seeking the death penalty against Hord, 33.
“We’re not sure exactly what happened,” Gastonia Police Sgt. Steve Duncan told the Gazette.
“But it doesn’t appear there was a struggle or anything of that nature, so we’re not sure what lead to it.”
Neighbors said they never suspected the two had a problem. One said that Gentry had spent some time in a homeless shelter.
Hord was charged with murder and being held without bond. Prosecutors said they’d consider seeking the death penalty in the case.
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