Kingman police investigate suspicious death

Robert John Adkins

Robert John Adkins

KINGMAN - Kingman Police arrested Robert John Adkins, 51, of Kingman on Dec. 27 in connection with the Christmas Eve death of Michael J. Sudkamp, 53.

Adkins, Sudkamp's caretaker/roommate, has denied any involvement in his death.

On Dec. 24, officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Astor Avenue after Adkins reported that he found Sudkamp dead in the bathroom.

Adkins allegedly told investigators that Sudkamp had numerous medical and physical problems and often fell and injured himself.

Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said law enforcement investigates all deaths that are not attended by a physician, but there were several inconsistencies in Adkin's story that led officers to believe that he might be responsible for Sudkamp's death and led the Mohave County Medical Examiner to rule the death a homicide.

"The officers knew right away that things were out of place," Cooper said.

He said that officers noticed that Sudkamp had died a few minutes before they were called to the home.

They also determined that Adkins was the only other person in the home at the time of Sudkamp's death.

Officers also found blood evidence scattered through out the home.

Cooper said the medical examiner found that Adkins had 27 fractures in his ribs that were not consistent with a fall.

According to police, Adkins does not have any medical training but was helping Sudkamp with various everyday activities.