Prosecutors charge man in connection with Blue Summit homicidePosted: Updated:
A Kansas City man has been charged in the murder this week of Robert Krout in his home in Blue Summit, an unincorporated area of Jackson County, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Ricky L. Sines, 39, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Deputies were called about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to 71-year-old Krout's home in an unincorporated area of Jackson County after a woman said she found the elderly man dead in a pool of blood on the floor of his home at 18th and Tilden streets.
Court documents said he had been struck three times in the head with a sharp object, according to the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office. Jackson County sheriff investigators also found near the scene of the crime a shingler's hammer with what appeared to be blood on the ax end.
A witness told police that Sines had mowed the Krout's grass and had been paid $50 of the $300 Krout withdrew from the bank. Sines and the victim drank together afterward. Later, according to court documents, Sines told the witness he was going back to visit Krout, who lived across the street. The witness followed later and told police that she saw Sines strike the victim in the head with an ax and, throughout the night, took items from Krout's home to the home across the street.
Authorities found Sines hiding in the woods about 9:15 p.m.
Hearing that someone was taken into custody gave neighbors a chance to breathe a sigh of relief.
"The sheriff is all flying through here. It was all crazy. Didn't know what was going on," neighbor Carl Creason said. "He was a very good old man, very nice gentleman. He would do anything for anybody."
Prosecutors requested Sines' bond be set at $500,000 cash.
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