KINGMAN, ARIZ.– Police have arrested a 28-year old man for killing a transient with a hatchet. The victim’s body was found yesterday, wrapped in plastic, at the home of the suspect, Joshua Matthew McCoy. He told detectives he had planned on burying the body under his backyard porch.
Kingman police detectives went to McCoy’s residence in the 3100 block of N. Prescott St. yesterday afternoon after they were told about the murder, which had occurred two days earlier. They were told that the body of the deceased man was being kept in the garage of the home.
Detectives made contact with McCoy and discovered the deceased body. A Kingman justice of the peace issued a search warrant for the residence and it allowed officers to collect evidence at the scene.
McCoy lives at the residence with his girlfriend, but investigators do not believe she was involved in the murder.
The victim is apparently a transient that the couple allowed to live at their house. Last week, they told the 61-year old man that he could live in their garage and work on repairing his vehicles. The victim had reportedly been removed from a local homeless shelter.
The living arrangements became contentious, leading to an argument on Tuesday. McCoy had reportedly told the homeless man that he needed to leave. A fight reportedly broke out during the argument, prompting McCoy to grab a hatchet and use it to strike the victim in the head several times, killing him.
The name of the victim will be released once his next of kin has been notified. A Kingman police department spokesperson said the victim was a transient with no other connection to the Kingman area. They believe he may have travelled from Phoenix.
McCoy reportedly admitted to his involvement in the victim’s death and was booked into the Mohave County Jail on a single count of second degree murder.