By Victor O.
A St. Louis man has been charged in Clay County for the murder of a pastor who recently moved to the Kansas City area and whose dead body was found outside his apartment early last month.
On Friday, the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office charged Malcolm L. Bentley with first-degree murder for the Feb. 10 slaying of 49-year-old Darron Washington, reports the Kansas City Star. The 24-year-old, who was jailed in St. Louis awaiting extradition, is also facing charges of first-degree arson and armed criminal action.
The body of Washington, a former St. Louis resident, was found outside his apartment in Liberty when the local fire department and police responded to a call to help with a fire at the 200 Wilshire Blvd building. The authorities believed the fire must have been started intentionally by someone.
It was observed that a red 2013 Ford Fusion belonging to Washington had been moved from his apartment. The St. Louis police found the stolen vehicle where it was abandoned later that same day.
The Kansas City Star reports that Washington, who had been working with Ford for over 28 years, was recently transferred to the Claycomo plant of the company from St. Louis. He used to travel to St. Louis every weekend to lead New St. Louis Park Baptist Church, where he was the senior pastor.
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