One of three men charged in connection with an October 2017 homicide in Independence has pleaded guilty.
Onelio Garcia, 34, of Kansas City, Kansas, pleaded guilty Monday at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of 72-year-old William Domann.
Xavier Otero, 33, of KCK and 57-year-old Nathan Hendricks received the same charges in connection with Domann's death, though prosecutors later upgraded charges against Garcia and Otero to first-degree murder.
Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Jennifer Phillips on Feb. 6, 2020. Hendricks is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 12, and Otero is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 27.
On Oct. 30, 2017, police were sent 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. Zip ties and a smartphone were near his hands, and 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 an office parking lot.
In the parking lot officers found a zip tie similar to the ones 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 a bedroom to the front door. A DNA test showed blood samples from the kitchen, front porch and sidewalk all matched Otero.
Surveillance video at the office 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 someone, 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.
Video surveillance from a convenience store a few minutes from Domann's house showed the same truck entering the lot on the morning of the shooting and Hendricks getting out to make a purchase.
Otero told police Garcia and Hendricks had contacted him about robbing someone. 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 told police he never shot his gun and that Garcia had his own gun. He said Garcia and Hendricks set up the crime and he only went along because he expected to get $10,000 out of it.
Domann's girlfriend told police Hendricks was her ex-boyfriend and had been threatening to “rough” up Domann because Domann had been asked to hide a Corvette that Hendricks had stolen and Hendricks wanted the car back.