Friday, January 14, 2011

Joseph Hendrix pleads guilty to murdering Michael Tutera

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Joseph Hendrix made more bad decisions than his crappy mustache.
  • Joseph Hendrix made more bad decisions than his crappy mustache.

The 16-year-old accused of paying his brother an extra $20 for killing Kansas City businessman Michael

J. Tutera has pleaded guilty.

Joseph Hendrix entered the guilty plea Friday to charges of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action. The teen entered the plea without a plea agreement, and he's facing a whole lot of jail time (anywhere from 10 to 30 years to life for the murder charge).



Tutera was killed in a robbery-turned-homicide at his home on Sunset

Drive on May 27, 2010. Reports in August 2010 were that Tutera

was the godfather of Joseph Hendrix

and his older brother, Matthew (UPDATE: Tutera was not their godfather). "Well, you

killed him; you get the extra $20," Joseph Hendrix was quoted as

telling Matthew as they divided up the cash

they'd allegedly stolen from Tutera. 



Joseph Hendrix' sentencing is scheduled for February 25.

A witness told police that he overheard the Hendrix brothers

plotting the robbery of Tutera, and was with them

when they met five men with guns at Loose Park just prior to going to

Tutera's home.

click to enlarge Michael Tutera
  • Michael Tutera
The witness allegedly waited in the getaway car

with the younger

Hendrix,

who had given his brother the keypad combination to open Tutera's

garage door, while Matthew Hendrix and two black men went to pull the

lick. But when they heard gunshots, Joseph Hendrix ran to check on his

brother.

When

Hendrix didn't come back after five minutes, the witness went to check

on

him. He saw Tutera lying in the

garage and claimed Joseph Hendrix was searching the home for stuff to

steal. Hendrix

allegedly ended up with Tutera's wallet and divided up the money

(giving everyone in the car a $40 cut, except for his brother, who got

the extra $20).


On the morning of the murder, police canvased the area near Hendrix'

home. In a nearby Dumpster, they found Tutera's wallet.

In an

interview with police, Joseph Hendrix admitted everything but stealing

Tutera's wallet.

Jackson

County prosecutors have already charged Matthew

Hendrix, an 18-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student,

and Troy

J. Davis, 22, with

second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary. Joel Thomas, 19, and Michael

Dear, 20, are also facing second-degree murder charges.

Dear allegedly went to the house

after shots were fired, saw Tutera lying on the ground and looked

for items to steal. Thomas is accused of helping dispose of shoes and a shirt that Matthew Hendrix had

worn.

Court

records say Tutera called 911 late

Wednesday night and reported catching Matthew Hendrix in his house.

Tutera

kicked Hendrix out. Tutera told the dispatcher that Hendrix was

"casing the properties" and requested that officers check out the area.

In

an interview with detectives, Matthew Hendrix said he'd been at

Tutera's

home earlier that night and was told to leave. Hendrix claimed that he

later met up with a group of men -- some with guns -- who planned to rob

Tutera.

Hendrix claimed that he was in the street outside of

Tutera's

driveway when

he heard two shots.

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