Man charged in grisly Northland murder

Bill Grady
May 15, 2019 - 5:39 am

KMBC Channel 9 News

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The Clay County prosecutor's office has filed four criminal counts in a nightmarish murder case in which the victim was shot and dismembered.

Kansas City Police say firefighters found Matthew Calkins' remains wrapped in a tarp in the basement of a home on North Poe on May 5. Calkins was 35.

Colton Stock, 30, is charged with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action. 

KMBZ News asked KCPD homicide detective Richard Sharp if the case appeared to stem from a drug deal gone bad. 

"I'm not going to actually say that, because we don't know that at this point," Sharp said. "I know that there was probably drugs involved."

It appeared the killer had tried to burn the body, Sharp said. As of late Tuesday, the victim's head, arms and legs were missing.

"I've worked in (the Clay County Courthouse) for 25 years," said Dan White, Prosecutor. "This is the first case like this that I've ever been involved with and had to deal with."

Stock was already jailed for attacking and shooting at another man before prosecutors filed charges in the Calkins case.

Stock is held on a $1-million cash only bond.

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