Kingman man pleads guilty to killing houseguest with a hatchet

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Joshua Matthew McCoy (Source: Kingman Daily Miner) Joshua Matthew McCoy (Source: Kingman Daily Miner)
KINGMAN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Kingman man accused of killing a houseguest with a hatchet has pleaded guilty.

The Kingman Daily Miner reported Friday that 29-year-old Joshua Matthew McCoy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection to the death of Gregory Thomas Godsil.

According to court documents, Godsil had been staying at the Kingman home of McCoy and McCoy's girlfriend in July 2015 after he was evicted from a local homeless shelter. McCoy and Godsil fought and McCoy struck the other man with a hatchet.

McCoy's girlfriend called police after she discovered McCoy attempting to bury Godsil in the backyard. Police found Godsil's body wrapped in painter's plastic in the garage.

McCoy was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was lowered as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing is set for March 9.

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