A Kirksville, Mo., man is charged with murder in a case late Sunday in which he allegedly dismembered his victim and threw the arms at witnesses.
Paul Ray Potter, 49, is in the Adair County jail with a bail of $1 million cash after the grisly homicide late Sunday. He is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree arson and tampering with a motor vehicle.
Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson said Monday the case is complex and additional charges may be filed.
According to a court document, police responded to reports of a vehicle in flames at an apartment complex where Potter lived. Witnesses said they saw Potter leaving the vehicle just before it was on fire.
Two apartment units were also on fire. Police officers said they saw Potter throw two objects —later determined to be human arms — at the witnesses.
Police discovered a dismembered body in one of the burning apartments. It had knife wounds in the face and sternum and both arms were severed. There was blood evidence in both apartments and several knives in and outside Potter’s apartment.
The court document said Potter admitted the crimes and had set the fires in an attempt to conceal the murder.
The victim’s identity was not released.
Kirksville is in northeastern Missouri, about 160 miles from Kansas City.