A Missouri 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, with the victim dying in his fiancée's arms as screams echoed through the neighborhood.
Gordon McBeth has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Darryl Gilland Jr, 28, of Kansas City, Missouri.
Gilland and his fiancé Samantha Pohlman, 23, had moved into a new home near Topping Avenue in Northland, Missouri, a week prior and had negotiated a lower rent price in return for helping with the remodel.
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.
Landlord Gordon McBeth (pictured) stabbed his tenant Darryl Gilland Junior, 28, of Kansas City, Missouri, more than 30 times in a furious rage over a space heater
Gilland (pictured) and his fiancé Samantha Pohlman, 23, had messaged their landlord about fixing the heating problem in their new home
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
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'He [Gilland] just messaged him like: "Hey, can we please just do something about the heating situation,' Pohlman told KCTV 5.
'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.
The couple had moved into their new home (pictured) a week prior to the stabbing
The home was dilapidated and needed a lot of