Man imprisoned for 2 homeless murders charged in third death

June 8, 2020 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted for the murders of two homeless men in Missouri, has been charged with a third similar 2004 homicide, prosecutors said Monday.

Michael J. Gullett, 64, was charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Steven Cassidy, whose remains were not identified until four years later, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gullett did not have an attorney listed Monday in court records.

The Kansas City Star reports that Gullett was previously convicted in the 2012 killing of Joe Loehr, who was found in a homeless camp in Kansas City, Missouri, and the 2004 homicide of Ryon McDonald, whose torso was later found in a river near Jefferson City.


A Missouri State Highway Patrol investigator determined Cassidy was slain about three months after McDonald.

A witness had previously told detectives in August 2004 that he buried a body at the direction of Gullett. Skeletal remains found the next day.

The investigator, Lt. Darron Blankenship, in December interviewed Gullett at Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri, where he is incarcerated. A probable cause statement alleges Gullett named Cassidy as the victim.

Gullett allegedly recalled how he and another person beat Cassidy, who was found near a homeless camp.