Nathan Hendricks, who was charged in last month's shooting death of 72-year-old William Domann in Independence, was captured Monday night in Gulfport, Mississippi. A woman who was a person of interest in the case, whom Hendricks was believed to be traveling with, also was located but was not taken into custody.
Independence Police said Hendricks, 46, from Hermann, Missouri, and 48-year-old Sheila Casey from Kansas City were located by local and federal law enforcement officers in Gulfport after IPD received information on their whereabouts and relayed the information to Gulfport. Hendricks was found hiding outside behind a residence and initially lied about his identity but it was quickly confirmed.
Hendricks, who has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action, will be brought back to Jackson County later. Casey has not been charged in the case.
Two 32-year-old men from Kansas City, Kansas – Xavier Otero and Onelio Garcia – have also been charged in Domann's homicide and have been in custody since shortly after Domann's Oct. 30 death.
Police had responded to Domann's house on 43rd Street east of Crysler Avenue after a friend called to say Domann's door had been kicked in and Domann was not responding to verbal calls. According to court documents, officers found Domann in the bedroom, dead with gunshots to the head and arm. Burn marks on his face indicated he was shot at close range.
Outside, a blood trail ran from the front porch around to the backyard and through the woods behind Domann's house to the parking lot at the Army Corps of Engineers office off U.S. 40. In the parking lot officers found a zip tie similar to those found in Domann's bedroom. A metal box on a work trailer in the lot apparently had been broken into, and more zip ties were found inside.
Inside the house, a trail of blood apparently not from Domann ran from the bedroom to the front door. A DNA comparison test at the Johnson County Crime Lab showed blood samples from the kitchen, front porch and sidewalk all matched Otero.
Surveillance video at the Army Corps showed a male limping in the parking lot, apparently injured, in the predawn hours of Oct. 30. The man apparently put his hands up to signal somebody, then got into a white pickup truck that pulled into the lot. The man in the video appeared to match a booking photo of Otero, and Garcia and Hendricks were in the truck, according to court documents.
Otero told police Garcia and Hendricks had contacted him about robbing somebody for $100,000. Garcia had been friends with Hendricks for awhile and the three had “done some jobs together,” Otero said. He took a gun from his roommate and left in Hendricks' white truck early Oct. 30. Hendricks dropped the other two men off at Domann's house, and they forced open Domann's front door.
Otero and Garcia began to wrestle with Domann and at some point, Otero said, a gun went off and his leg “felt hot.” He then heard multiple shots, tried to get out of the house through a back sliding door but couldn't get it open, then ran out the front door and through the woods to the parking lot, where Hendricks and Garcia picked him up.
Otero said he never shot the gun he had taken and that Garcia has his own gun. Prosecutors have requested a $500,000 bond on each suspect.