Missouri landlord Gordon McBeth charged with murder after fatally stabbing tenant when asked for a space heater – Victim Darryl Gilland Jr., 28, who was stabbed 30 times, died in his fiancée’s arms
Landlord Gordon McBeth has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of his tenant Darryl Gilland Jr.
McBeth allegedly turned up and went into a stabbing frenzy after his tenants in Kansas City, Missouri asked for heating on Oct. 22
Neighbors heard ‘Horrific screaming’ as victim was being attacked before he died at the scene, in his fiancée’s arms
Eventually the assailant was pulled off by one neighbor while another held him at gunpoint until cops arrived
Gilland Jr., 28, of Kansas City, Missouri, was stabbed more than 30 times by McBeth
Gilland and his fiancé Samantha Puhlman, 23, had recently moved into their new home and had negotiated a lower rent for helping with the remodel
The couple had requested a space heater since the past few nights had been cold and McBeth had reportedly agreed
Reminded of the heating requirement in a phone call, he allegedly drove to the home at 3.30 pm, threw insulation at the tenants and threatened to kill Gilland if it wasn’t enough
Gilland’s family is now asking for the charges to be bumped up to first-degree murder
McBeth is due back in court on Nov. 2
A landlord was charged with second-degree murder for stabbing his tenant more than 30 times in a furious rage after he was asked to turn the heat up. The tenant, Darryl Gilland Jr, died in his fiancée’s arms as screams echoed through the Kansas City neighborhood.
Homeowner Gordon McBeth has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Gilland Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri.
Gilland Jr., 28, and his fiancé Samantha Puhlman, 23, had moved into a new home near Topping Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, a week prior and had negotiated a lower rent price in return for helping with the remodel. The home neighbors noted was in a dilapidated condition before the new tenants moved in.
The couple had messaged their landlord to fix the heating as it had been getting cold at night.
They had asked the landlord for a space heater, Pohlman said.
Gilland, who was described as ‘gentle’ by his family, died in his girlfriend’s arms after two neighbors were able to get McBeth off of him and hold him at gunpoint until police arrived.
‘He [Gilland] just messaged him like: “Hey, can we please just do something about the heating situation,’ Puhlman said.
‘At first, the guy was perfectly nice about it. He was like: “Yeah, I’ll come over and we’ll do that,” and then just out of nowhere, he completely flipped and acted like we were asking too much and being a complete burden.’
At 3.30pm on October 22, witnesses told KCTV that they heard McBeth driving erratically into the couple’s driveway. Pohlman said McBeth got out of the car and threw insulation at the couple.
She reportedly told KCTV that McBeth threatened to kill Gilland if the insulation wasn’t good enough for them.
According to court documents, McBeth, their landlord, said he’d come and was seen on video surveillance driving and parking a red car erratically.
“He starts throwing insulation and plastic and Darryl comes out at this point and I was kind of scared, so I got behind him,” Puhlman said. “The guy said, ‘If that’s not good enough, I’ll kill you,’ and he pulled out of a knife and started stabbing him.”
McBeth then reportedly stabbed Gilland more than 30 times. Puhlman had run for help and neighbors came to rescue after hearing ‘horrific screaming.’
One neighbor pulled McBeth off Gilland while the other held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
Gilland died in Puhlman’s arms.
‘I held his head and I told him “it was going to be okay” and that the ambulance was coming. And that I loved him,’ she told Fox 4.
The family is now distraught over losing their son ‘over nothing.’
‘[It was] nothing, it was over nothing,’ Gilland’s mother Donna Groves told KCTV 5.
‘My son was a very gentle, loving, caring, and would do anything for anybody. He did not deserve this.’
His family says at Darryl Gilland had a lot to live for, and said he loved music, was funny, gentle and would do anything for others.
“He was just full of life,” Gilland Sr. said. “I was just so proud of him I was telling him, I was so proud of him and this happened I just can’t even believe it.”
Puhlman remembers their first date five years ago.
“Honestly we just instantly fell in love from the first date, we wanted to see each other again and again,” she said. Gilland’s family is calling for charges to be increased to first-degree murder charges.
Samantha told Fox 4 she remembered Gilland as ‘such a sweet, nervous gentleman from the beginning’ when they met for the first time five years ago.
His father Darryl Gilland Sr. called the event ‘indescribable’ to KSHB 41, as he barely held back tears.
‘It’s indescribable. Have you ever had this happen before? I don’t know what to say about it,’ he said.
‘I hear people talking about losing their children…but over 30 times, my son bled to death.
‘He was just so full of life, now, and I was just so proud of him, I always told him how proud I was of him.’
Samantha informed Darryl Senior that his son had ‘posted about it on Facebook’ and told her that his dad was proud of him.
Darryl Senior responded that he felt ‘lonely’ and ‘loved him [his son] very much.’
His mother said he ‘wanted to be the man of the house and wanted to take care of her [Samantha].’
The family set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of transporting Darryl’s body back to his hometown in Indiana to be buried next to his grandparents. He was very close to his grandparents the family said.
Any additional funds will be transferred to Samantha to ‘assist in getting her on her feet,’ the fundraiser states.
The family has raised $6,988 out of their $10,000 as of October 26.
Gordon McBeth is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action., but the victim’s family is now asking for the charges to be increased to first-degree murder.
McBeth is due back in court on November 2.
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