A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder after police found a body inside his home and evidence he tried to cover up the crime, authorities said.
Tucker J. Autenrieth was charged in connection to the death of Santos Jackson, 37, the News-Press Now reported.
St. Joseph, Missouri, police found Jackson’s body on Aug. 18 after responding to a check wellbeing call in the 700 block of North 9th Street, according to the News-Press Now.
Officers found blood and cleaning supplies at the house, which is listed as Autenrieth’s home address, the News-Press Now reported.
After police obtained a search warrant, officers found Jackson’s body inside the home, which had a gunshot wound to the head, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the News-Press Now.
The owner of the home was contacted by police, who told them Jackson was killed in the basement of the residence on Aug. 16, according to the News-Press Now.
Autenrieth was arrested shortly after the body was found, the News-Press Now reported.
According to court documents obtained by News-Press Now, Autenrieth told police Jackson entered the residence on Aug. 16 with a firearm and started an altercation.
Autenrieth then allegedly struck Jackson with a machete knife when he attempted to enter the residence, and Jackson tried to crawl for the gun, the News-Press Now reported.
Autenrieth began kicking Jackson in the head and body, and Autenrieth said he then picked up the gun and fired it in the back of the victim’s head, according to court documents obtained by the News-Press Now.
After Jackson died, Autenrieth allegedly wrapped the body in plastic and attempted to use bleach to clean up the scene, according to the News-Press Now.